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Legendary drummer and Prince's bandmate John Blackwell dies

R.I.P: John Blackwell

PRINCE'S EX drummer John Blackwell Jr. has tragically died at the age of 43.

His wife,Yaritza, announced his death on Instagram, with a picture of herself holding his hand.

In the caption, she wrote: "My husband incredible drummer John Blackwell Jr. passed the way peacefully in my company today. Thanks God for his life and thanks everyone for their support. Yaritza."

John Blackwell's Instagram

Blackwell was diagnosed with brain tumors in 2016, according to his wife, who posted on his social media accounts.

Blackwell was known as legendary drummer, who began playing the instrument at 3 years-old, inspired by his father, who was also a drummer.

John Blackwell Jr and Prince

Blackwell performed with Patti LaBelle before joining Prince's band, The New Power Generation in 2000.

He played with Prince for 12 years before taking on other creative projects.

Blink 182's Travis Barker has led the tributes to the late drummer.

He wrote: "Rest In Peace #JohnBlackwell Your legend will live 4ever. One of the best to ever pick up drumsticks. Prayers to family and friends."

Watch some clips of Blackwell below:

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