Ricky Lawson, a founding member of music group the Yellowjackets and a studio drummer who collaborated with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, has died at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif., following a brain aneurism. He was 59.
Lawson's uncle, Paul Riser of Detroit, said Tuesday that Lawson was removed from life support 10 days after the aneurism diagnosis and died around 7 p.m. Monday.
His work appears on Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You." He also performed with Al Jarreau, George Benson, Bette Midler, Quincy Jones and many others.
Lawson won a Grammy Award in 1986 for R&B instrumental performance for the song "And You Know That" by the Yellowjackets.
He became disoriented during a performance on Dec. 13 and was diagnosed with an aneurism.
Drummer Questlove Jenkins of The Roots called Lawson "the master" on Twitter Dec. 18 in a message saying, "praying for his recovery."
Drummer Sheila E. tweeted Tuesday: "We lost a great man, drummer, father, brother and son. mr Ricky Lawson. He passed away yesterday. Please pray for his family. we will miss u."
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Drummer Ricky Lawson Dies at 59
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