Roots Manager Richard Nichols Passes
July 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM (PT)
RICHARD NICHOLS, longtime manager and producer for THE ROOTS, passed away today at the age of 55 after a long battle with leukemia, PHILLY.COM reports. He was hospitalized in his native PHILADELPHIA a few months ago, and was taken off of life support last night.
NICHOLS managed the band from their inception in 1992 and also produced, executive produced, and mixed a number of THE ROOTS albums, as well as albums by ERYKAH BADU, COMMON, AL GREEN and many more. THE ROOTS released the following statement on his passing:
"THE ROOTS Family are devastated to announce the passing of RICHARD NICHOLS, the band’s longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia. NICHOLS, 55, a PHILADELPHIA native, managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of THE ROOTS’ creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades. NICHOLS is survived by his wife, MERCEDES MARTINEZ, his sons AMIRI NICHOLS and RAKIM NICHOLS, his sisters ROCHELLE NICHOLS-SOLOMON, REBECCA DENNIS, his brothers RUSSELL NICHOLS and REGINALD NICHOLS, and the many individuals and artists he mentored in his lifetime."