- New Orleans Jazz musician and singer, Ellis Marsalis Jr., has passed on
- The music patriarch died on April 1, 2020, of coronavirus at the age of 85
- Ellis Marsalis’s son, Branford, shared the sad news in a statement
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When the news of the virus broke out, a lot of people tried to downplay the danger by saying it was like having flu and that people can avoid getting it by social distancing.
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The world has lost a lot of great minds and talented people to the disease including legendary jazz musician and teacher, Ellis Marsalis Jr.
The musician and teacher died on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, as a result of complications from the coronavirus, USA Today reports.
Marsalis’ son, Brandon, shared the sad news in a statement where he revealed that his father passed on peacefully after he was admitted to the hospital on Saturday.
Further in the statement, Brandon also hailed his father as a good teacher and musician.
He said: “My dad was a giant of a musician and teacher, but an even greater father. He poured everything he had into making us the best of what we could be”.
New Orleans mayor, LaToya Cantrell, acknowledged Marsalis’ death with a post on her Twitter page.
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Cantrell described him as a legend as she sent love and prayers to his family and loved ones.
The mayor wrote: “Ellis Marsalis was a legend. He was the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz. The love and the prayers of all of our people go out to his family, and to all of those whose lives he touched.”
See her tweet below:
RIP to the dead.
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