The Neville Brothers are lauded as “one of the most important and influential bands to emerge from New Orleans,” but after decades of cheering crowds with their music, they will now have to lay one of their founding members to rest.
According to The Advocate, one of the four Neville brothers, Charles, has died at 79 in Massachusetts. Tragically, he died after a battle with pancreatic cancer, a disease that has a devastatingly low survival rate.
Charles’ legacy includes serving in the U.S. Navy; touring with stars like B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, and Johnny Ace; and earning a Grammy for “Healing Chant.” Charles played the saxophone for the band, and they performed together for a farewell concert in New Orleans in 2015, according to The Times-Picayune.
He is the father of Charmaine Neville, another popular New Orleans jazz singer who gained national attention when she told news outlets that she had witnessed alligators eating people and hundreds of bodies floating in the water after Hurricane Katrina struck, according to WAFB. Those claims were never substantiated.
Please pray for Charles’ family as they deal with their loss. In other news, an AMBER Alert has been issued for a 12-year-old girl who may have been taken by a sex offender.