Iconic Musician Dies from Pancreatic Cancer

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April 27, 2018Apr 27, 2018

An incoming musician has passed away after recently battling pancreatic cancer. Charles Neville, of the Neville Brothers, has died. He was 79 years old.

For the past few months, Neville had been fighting pancreatic cancer. Most remember him as an amazing saxophone player who had a long and successful career in music. He even backed up B.B. King one time.

"Neville's career dated to the 1950s when he performed with King and other musical greats. Yet he was best known for three decades of performances with his siblings Aaron, Art and Cyril as the Grammy-winning Neville Brothers band. The band was formed in the 1970s and gained fans with high-energy performances featuring a distinctive fusion of funk, jazz and New Orleans rhythm and blues," reported USA Today.

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Please join us in praying for his family and friends during this tough time. We ask for God's love and healing grace to surround and comfort them.

Neville's brother posted a heartfelt tribute on Facebook concerning his brother's passing.

"I know you have a spot in the heavenly band next to James Booker, James Black, Herbert Hardesty, Fats Domino, Johnny Adams all the jazz bebop players who you turned me on to," Aaron Neville wrote. "Dizzy, Charlie Parker, Miles and the list goes on."

Watch the video below to see Charles rock out on the saxophone during a Neville Brothers show.

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