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  • Rockstar Death Notices - August 2017

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    Chester Bennington of Lincoln Park

    Chester Bennington of Lincoln Park

    Michael Packer - D. 5-6-2017 - Guitarist and singer for the Michael Packer Blues Band. During the early 70’s he recorded 3 records as a member of the band Free Beer.

    Sheila Raye Charles – D. 6-15-2017 – 53 - singer, daughter of Ray Charles

    Nic Ritter - D. 6-28-2017 - 37 - drowned in pool at home - drummer - played with Warbringer 2008-2011

    Melvyn ‘Deacon’ Jones - D. 7-6-2017 - 73 - known as the pianist and musical director for 18 years in the band of John Lee Hooker. He later recorded with Freddie King and Dr John.

    Erik Cartwright - D. 7-9-2017 - 67 - guitarist - played with Foghat, The Kneetremblers, Bux, Tears, Dan Hartman, Pat Travers- also guitar tech for Allman Brothers, AC/DC.

    Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri - D. 7-12-2017 - 70 - lung cancer - Afro-fusion/Jazz-fusion - Founding member of the Cannibals later renamed themselves Stimela - worked with Paul Simon (Graceland) - South African music legend.

    Christopher Wong Won (Fresh Kid Ice) – D. 7-13-2017- 53 - the pioneering Asian rapper and co-founder of the Miami-based hip-hop outfit 2 Live Crew.

    Chester Charles Bennington - D. 7-20-2017 - 41 - suicide by hanging -  frontman for Linkin Park - also was singer for Dead by Sunrise, Hybrid Theory, and Stone Temple Pilots from 2013-2015.

    L.C. Cooke - D. 7-21-2017 - 84 -Soul singer, brother of Sam Cooke. Sadly an albums worth of tracks recorded by younger brother Sam at the time of his death in 1964 sat in the vaults unreleased till 2014.

    Ronald Charles Larson – D. 7-24-2017 – 72 – Madison, WI – drum major - saxophone – known as “Rouser Ron” and was a fixture at every show dancing with his wife Marianne.