His manager Larry Clothier confirmed the musician's death. He said in a statement that Roy passed away in New York on Friday, November 2.
As for the cause of death, Roy died from a cardiac arrest stemming from a longtime fight with kidney disease. He was admitted into a New York City hospital with kidney issues earlier in the week.
Roy, who was a prolific player and provided his jazz sounds to records across a range of styles, played in sessions for D'Angelo, Common and Erykah.
Shortly after Roy's tragic passing, multiple fans and fellow musicians took to social media to paid respect to him.
The Roots’ Questlove shared an Instagram post to pay tribute to the jazz musician.
The drummer wrote,
The Great Roy Hargrove. He is literally the one man horn section I hear in my head when I think about music. To watch him harmonize with himself stacking nine horn lines on mamouth 10 mins songs RARELY rewinding to figure out what he did.
Here's the post, check it out.
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The Great Roy Hargrove. He is literally the one man horn section I hear in my head when I think about music. To watch him harmonize with himself stacking nine horn lines on mamouth 10 mins songs RARELY rewinding to figure out what he did. Or not even contemplating what the harmony was (this is up there with Jay Z never writes his rhymes territory) —-like you can hear an incomplete Dangelo song once—-like an 11 min song—-and then in 20 secs you know the EXACT SPOT ON line to bob in and weave out?!!!! I know I’ve spoken in every aspect of Soulquarian era recording techniques but even I can’t properly document how crucial and spot on Roy was with his craft man. We NEVER gave him instructions: just played the song and watched him go —-like “come back in 45 mins I’ll have something” matter of fact now that I think of it —-I was so amped to put handclaps on @Common’s #ColdBlooded @JamesPoyser and i didn’t even take proper time out to approve what he worked on, it was like I already knew. So when you hear us SCREAMING/laughing at the 1:51 mark (me/com/d/rahzel/james) that’s us MIND BLOWN at another #Game6 esque performance from Roy. And all that stuff towards the end? We just reacting in real time to greatness. Such a key component. And a beautiful cat man. Love to the immortal timeless genius that will forever be Roy Hargrove y’all. #RoyHargroveRip
Erykah also shared a tweet in remembrance of the trumpeter who had worked on the songstress' 2003 album Weather Underground and 2000 LP Mama’s Gun.
Take a look.
ROY HARGROVE.— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) November 3, 2018
Additionally, John Mayer, wrote on Instagram, "Very sad to learn of the passing of Roy Hargrove. What a masterful player and composer. Supernaturally talented, cool, and kind. We’ll remember him forever".
Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.
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