JAZZ keyboardist Bernard Wright, the son of legendary soul singer Roberta Flack, has passed away at 58.
A friend of Wright’s family shared the tragic news on social media on Friday.
“On behalf of the family of Bernard Wright (Nard), We are saddened to announce that yesterday Bernard has been called home to the Most High,” the friend wrote.
“Many thanks for everyone’s support, encouragement, and prayers for Nard throughout the years. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.
“Our hearts are heavy and our faith is strong. To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord! LOVE! Rest In Power, Nard.”
A cause of death has yet to be determined.
Born in Jamaica, Queens, at a young age, Wright toured with Lenny White at 13 and played with Tom Browne in 1979.
He got such a strong response that he was signed to GRP in 1981 and released his debut album, Nard, under the label.
He continued to put out hit albums, including 1983’s Funky Beat and ’85’s Mr. Wright, which featured the smash R&B single Who Do You Love.
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