Leonard Hubbard, a musician who famously rose to fame with The Roots, has died. He was 62.

The Roots’ founding and former bassist reportedly died on Thursday, leaving his spouse Stephanie Hubbard in excessive ache and grief.

In a press release to Philadelphia’s ABC 6, Stephanie revealed that Hubbard’s dying occurred “rapidly” that the event shocked her and her household. She added that her husband was first hospitalized on Wednesday night time after not having the ability to transfer. The musician was additionally “energetic and cellular” earlier than the hospitalization.

Philadelphia Inquirer, nevertheless, disclosed that Leonard Hubbard’s explanation for dying was as a result of a number of myeloma. Based on the American Most cancers Society, a number of myeloma is a most cancers of plasma cells that grow to be cancerous and develop uncontrolled. The plasma cells ultimately make an irregular protein.

Stephanie added that they first came upon about Hubbard’s illness in 2007, the identical yr when he left The Roots for good. Sadly, she was unable to remain beside him as a result of COVID-19 protocols and came upon about his dying the subsequent day.

“I used to be known as to the hospital. They advised me what had occurred, that he had handed. I went to the hospital and was capable of sit with him,” she mentioned.

Leonard Hubbard’s Legacy Honored By Followers, Band Members

Following the emergence of the information, his former bandmates and followers paid tribute to him and remembered the contributions he made to the music business.

The Roots’ official Twitter web page shared a black and white photo of the bassist alongside the caption, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we are saying goodbye to our brother Leonard Nelson Hubbard. Could your transition convey peace to your loved ones to your mates to your followers and all of those that liked you. Relaxation in Melody Hub.”

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“RIP to the legendary Leonard “Hub” Hubbard of The Roots. He was a revolutionary bass participant and impeccably cool, artistic and delightful particular person,” a fan wrote.

Hubbard joined The Roots in 1992 and based the band alongside Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, and Malik B. He grew to become an vital a part of the group for 15 years, helming their six studio albums after 1993’s “Organix” – from “Do You Need Extra?!!!??!” to their 2006 “Recreation Principle.”

He ultimately left The Roots in 2007 after studying about his a number of myeloma analysis.

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