'Blowfly' Reid Succumbs To Liver Cancer
January 18, 2016 at 4:32 PM (PT)
Ribald R&B pioneer CLARENCE "BLOWFLY" REID has died aged 76 due to liver cancer, his FACEBOOK page and multiple media sources report. BLOWFLY's notoriety came from making x-rated, often comedic, party records in the 1970s and beyond. Described as the “godfather of hip-hop,” His work has been sampled by BEYONCÉ, WU-TANG CLAN, DJ SHADOW, EAZY-E and THE AVALANCHES, among others.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPER bassist FLEA Twittered his condolences.
On BLOWFLY's FACBOOK page, his drummer TOM BOWKER: “[CLARENCE’s] sister VIRGINIA and I thank you for all the love you have shown this week. We also than wrote you for supporting CLARENCE’s 50+ year music career – especially these last few years. We love you and will keep you informed on services and tribute performances in CLARENCE’s honour.”