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Prince’s drummer John Blackwell Jr dies aged 43 following battle with brain tumour

Prince's drummer John Blackwell Jr dies aged 43 following battle with brain tumour
John Blackwell dies aged 43(Picture: Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)

Prince’s former drummer John Blackwell Jr has upheld divided at the age of just 43.

The musician died with his wife Yaritza at his side, who posted a reverence on Instagram to her late husband observant she ‘thanks God for his life and interjection everybody for their support.’

My husband implausible drummer John Blackwell Jr. upheld the way peacefully in my company today. Thanks God for his life and interjection everybody for their support. Yaritza

A post shared by John Blackwell (@johnblackwelljr) on Jul 4, 2017 at 10:28am PDT

His accurate means of death is unknown, however, last year he was pang with a brain growth and was undergoing a series of tests at a hospital in Japan.

Prince's drummer John Blackwell Jr dies aged 43 following battle with brain tumour
John had been battling a brain tumour (Picture: Andrew Lepley/Redferns)

He started personification the drums at the age of 3 and after went on to debate with Patti LaBelle before apropos the drummer for Prince’s rope New Power Generation. He’s also worked with Justin Timberlake.

Last year his wife set up a GoFundMe page to lift income to cover his medical expenses, and she lifted $78,000 (£60,400).

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