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.
#RIPReggieLucas. I've just heard from his daughter that my old friend, brilliant guitarist w #MilesDavis and co-producer of @Madonna 1st album has passed away. My sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) May 19, 2018
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 Lucas, my adored and beloved father, passed away early this morning at the age of 65. He made beautiful music, a beautiful family, a beautiful life and I will miss him every single day that I live on this earth. pic.twitter.com/Oo1dc2XHG6
— Lisa Lucas (@likaluca) May 19, 2018
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.