Reggie Lucas, Producer and Songwriter for Madonna, Dies at Age 65: Details

Updated On 20 May, 2018 Published On

Reggie Lucas, the Grammy Award-winning musician who worked with Miles Davis in the 1970s and produced Madonna's debut album, has died at the age of 65, multiple sources have confirmed.

Lisa Lucas, the performer's daughter, told The Associated Press that her father passed away from complications with his heart early Saturday, May 19 in New York City.

Of her dad's death, she wrote on her Facebook page,

After a long and arduous struggle with his physical heart (his emotional one was perfect) he was called home. I wish he'd had more time, I wish we'd all had more time with him, but he left this world absolutely covered in love, with his hands held and his family beside him. I'm glad he's at peace now,

After playing with Miles Davis in the '70s, Born on Feb. 25, 1953, in New York City, Reggie started, a musical partnership with James Mtume.

They wrote various songs like Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway's The Closer I Get to You together, which was later covered by Beyonce and Luther Vandross, and Stephanie Mills' Never Knew Love Like This Before, which lead the duo to win the Grammy for best R&B song.

Reggie then went on to produce Madonna's 1983 self-titled debut album, which sold more than 5 million units. The album included the hits Lucky Star and Borderline.

In addition to his daughter Lisa, the late writer and producer is survived by his wife Leslie Lucas, son Julian Lucas, mother Annie Wolinsky, and his brother Greg Lucas.