Former The Roots bassist dies aged 62 – Billboard

Leonard “Hub” Hubbard, longtime bass player for But be careful, passed away after a long battle with cancer on Thursday (December 16). He is 62 years old.

His stepdaughter India Owens confirmed the news to The Philadelphia Inquirer, reported that the cause of death was multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer he was first diagnosed with in 2007, the same year he left The Roots. His wife Stephanie tell Philadelphia’s ABC 6, was the first to tell the story, that Hub was hospitalized Wednesday night at Lankenau hospital. She said the Hub was “powerful and portable” in the days before, and then, suddenly, things took a turn for the worse.

“It happened quickly. He hasn’t been affected much,” she told the local outlet.


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The Roots released a statement on their social media on Thursday afternoon and shared a black and white photo of their former member. “We said goodbye to our brother Leonard Nelson Hubbard with the heaviest of hearts. May your transition bring peace to your family, friends, fans and everyone who loves you. Rest in peace in the Melody Hub,” the band wrote.

Born Leonard Nelson Hubbard of the band’s Philadelphia roots, he joined the hip-hop group in 1992, shortly after the group changed its name from Square Roots to The Roots, with founding members being Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter , Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Malik B, who passed away in July 2020. That same year, The Roots moved to London and released their debut album, Organix, in 1993.

Hub continued to perform with the band for 15 years and recorded six more studio albums with the group, from their 1995 sophomore album. Do you want more? !!! ?! arrive Game theory in 2006. In 2008, a year after he left the band after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the bassist reunited with the group at The Roots Picnic for a gig.

The seven-time Grammy Award nominee won his first and only Grammy in 2000 for best rap performance by a duo or group with “You Got Me” by The Roots, featuring by Erykah Badu and Eve. The Recording Academy band’s Philadelphia hometown show presented The Roots with a Hero Award in 2004. Chapter president Donn Thompson Morelli, aka Donn T, took to Twitter to pay tribute to the Hub. .

In 2016, the Center sue his bandmates Black Thought and Questlove and their manager Shawn Gee claim that they failed to adequately compensate him from an agreement that made him a co-owner of the band before his cancer diagnosis forced him to we had to leave The Roots in 2007, just a year before The Roots became Jimmy Fallon’s in-house band on Tonight’s show. His wife told ABC 6 that the lawsuit remains unresolved.

In addition to her work with The Roots, Hub scored a 2002 Bertha Bay-Sa Pan independent film. Face to face and 2006 documentary Darfur Diaries: Messages from home.

He is survived by his wife Stephanie, stepdaughter India and Onita Owens, and stepchild Edward Owens.

https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/leonard-hub-hubbard-the-roots-bassist-dead-1235011875/ Former The Roots bassist dies aged 62 – Billboard

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