George Duke, RIP

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George Duke, the legendary jazz, R&B and funk keyboardist, died on Aug. 5 in Los Angeles. He was 67.

According to his record label, which announced his passing, he was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

"The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father's friends, fans and the entire music community has been overwhelming," Duke's son, Rashid Duke, said in a statement. "Thank you all for your concern, prayers and support."

Throughout his five-decade career, Duke released more than 40 albums and worked with a wide range of artists including Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Manilow, George Clinton, Al Jarreau and Michael Jackson.

Duke's last album, DreamWeaver, was released last month. He dedicated it to his wife, Corine, who died from cancer last year.

In the wake of Duke's passing, several celebrities expressed their condolences via Twitter, including Justin Timberlake who wrote: "RIP George Duke. Funk, Jazz, MUSIC Legend...One of the GREATEST."

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