R&B Singer Michael Henderson’s Death after Mysterious Illness
Jazz fusion bassist and R&B singer Michael Henderson passed away on July 19, 2022. Michael Henderson’s cause of death probably was related to his undisclosed illness.
The devastating news was confirmed on the performer’s official Facebook page. Michael had been admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta about 2 weeks ago for an undisclosed illness, and unfortunately never recovered.
Michael Henderson was born on July 7, 1951, in Yazoo City, Mississippi. The star was best known for his work with American composer Miles Davis in the early 1970s and on early fusion albums including Jack Johnson, Live-Evil, and Agharta.
Henderson was one of the 1st notable bass guitarists of the fusion era. He was also one of the most influential jazz and soul musicians of the past forty years.
In addition to Miles Davis, he played and recorded with American singer Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and American soul music vocal group Dramatics, among many others.
Before working with Davis, he had been touring with Stevie Wonder, whom he first met at the Regal Theater in Chicago while warming up for a gig.
Miles saw Michael performing at the Copacabana in New York City in early 1970 and said to Wonder simply “I’m taking your fucking bassist.”
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Michael Henderson’s Cause of Death Relates to Illness
R&B singer Michael Henderson’s cause of death has not been mentioned by any sources but we are informed that the singer died at his home based in Atlanta, Georgia, at the age of 71.
Henderson’s Facebook page was updated with a confirmation of the artist’s passing. “Singer, Songwriter, Bass Innovator, Music Producer, Father, and Son Michael Henderson has peacefully made his transition surrounded by family and loved ones today at his home, Atlanta Georgia.”
“Bless his heart and soul… He touched the lives of many and returned that love through his many live concerts, music recordings, social media, interviews, and incessant touring which he loved… Please stay posted for details pertaining to The Michael Henderson ‘Celebration of Life,'” the statement read.
After almost seven years with Davis, Michael focused on singing and songwriting in a solo career that produced many albums and hit songs for Buddah Records until his retirement in 1986.
Although known primarily for ballads, Henderson was an influential funk player and his riffs and songs have been widely covered. The late singer is also known for his ballad vocalizing on several Norman Connors hit recordings, including “Valentine Love” and “You Are My Starship,” performed with Jean Carn.
His studio albums include; Solid (1976), Goin’ Places (1977), In the Night Time (1978), Do It All (1979), Wide Receiver (1980), Slingshot (1981), Fickle (1983), Bedtime Stories (1986).
The legendary artist was estimated to own a net worth of nearly around 2 million dollars as of 2022.
After the sad news of Michael Henderson’s death was announced, many fans and friends shared their deepest condolences and paid touching tributes to the late artist.
Bootsy Collins tweeted: “Dangit, we lost one of the Real One’s our Bass brother Mr. Michael Henderson (July 7, 1951-July 19,2022) was an American bass guitarist and vocalist. He was known for his work with Miles Davis, Dramatic’s, Stevie Wonder & many others. Prayers going out to his family & friends!”
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