One of the world’s great jazz musicians Chick Corea has died from cancer at the age of 79.
Chick’s death was announced on his Facebook page where it says he was only recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He also sent a personal message to fans just prior to his death saying “I want to thank all of those along my journey who have helped keep the music fires burning bright”.
It is with great sadness we announce that on February 9th, Chick Corea passed away at the age of 79, from a rare form of cancer which was only discovered very recently.
Throughout his life and career, Chick relished in the freedom and the fun to be had in creating something new, and in playing the games that artists do.
He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, and a great mentor and friend to so many. Through his body of work and the decades he spent touring the world, he touched and inspired the lives of millions.
Though he would be the first to say that his music said more than words ever could, he nevertheless had this message for all those he knew and loved, and for all those who loved him:
“I want to thank all of those along my journey who have helped keep the music fires burning bright. It is my hope that those who have an inkling to play, write, perform or otherwise, do so. If not for yourself then for the rest of us. It’s not only that the world needs more artists, it’s also just a lot of fun.
“And to my amazing musician friends who have been like family to me as long as I’ve known you: It has been a blessing and an honor learning from and playing with all of you. My mission has always been to bring the joy of creating anywhere I could, and to have done so with all the artists that I admire so dearly—this has been the richness of my life.”
Chick’s family will of course appreciate their privacy during this difficult time of loss.
It is with great sadness we announce that on February 9th, Chick Corea passed away at the age of 79, from a rare form of…
Chick Corea was born Armando Corea in 1941 in Massachusetts. His father was an Italian immigrant.
Chick Corea became a professional musician in the 1960s. He played on albums for Miles Davis and Stan Getz and released his first solo record in 1968.
Chick Corea won 23 Grammy Awards from 60 nominations.
He died at his home in Tampa, Florida on 9 February, 2021.
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