R&B singer and bassist for jazz fusion bands Michael Henderson has passed away at the age of 71. The news of his passing was confirmed on the performer’s official Facebook page.
Henderson was well-known for his 1970s collaborations with Miles Davis and played on his early fusion albums Jack Johnson (1971), Live-Evil (1971), and Agharta (1975).
Henderson’s Facebook page was updated tonight with a confirmation of the singer’s passing: “Singer, Songwriter, Bass Innovator, Music Producer, Father and Son Michael Henderson has peacefully made his transition surrounded by family and loved ones today at his home, Atlanta Georgia,” the statement said.
“Bless his heart and soul… He touched the lives of many and returned that love through his many live concerts, music recordings, social media, interviews and incessant touring which he loved…
“Please stay posted for details pertaining to The Michael Henderson ‘Celebration of Life.'”
An outpouring of sadness was seen in response to the news with fans remembering the musician’s life and contribution to music:
“Wow I am devastated can’t believe it he was one of my favorites I am in tears so sad my condolences to his family friends & Many fans this hits hard I am so honor[ed] to have seen him in concert 2019 he Will truly be miss[ed]. May he RIP his legacy Will live on gone but Will never be forgotten,” said one respondent to the social media announcement.
“Since the 1970’s, I have been on a daily diet of Michael Henderson songs. He was a one-of-a-kind, all-around musician,” said another poster. “Thank you, Michael, for bringing unique meaning to music, which shall forever be memorable. Sincerest empathy to Michael’s family and friends.”
A third said he was “Loved and respected by so many. A legend. He will be missed. So sorry to hear this news…”