Andre Williams, 82, aka Andre “Mr. Rhythm” Williams, died in Chicago March 17 according to a statement from his label, Pravda Records.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary artist Andre Williams,” the statement reads. “He died this afternoon in Chicago at the age of 82. He touched our lives and the lives of countless others. We love you Dre.”
Williams’ manager, Kenin Goodman, told Billboard that the singer died while in hospice care surrounded by family. “He was diagnosed two weeks ago with colon cancer that spread to his lungs and brain,” Goodman told the magazine. “After that, his body started shutting down pretty quickly,” he adds, noting that Williams had battled a number of other health issues recently, including strokes and seizures. “But was committed to trying to sing and record again.”
Williams’ career included few recordings of note but he sat in on sessions from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Parliament, according to Billboard.
SOURCE: Celebrity Access – Joe Reinartz