One of the co-founders of hip hop band The Roots, Leonard ‘Hub’ Hubbard, has died at the age of 62.
The musician featured on the band’s first seven albums.
His death was confirmed by his wife Stephanie, who said he had been battling with cancer for several years.
A tribute to the star was also posted on the official Twitter page for The Roots. Alongside an image of Hub, the post read: “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we say goodbye to our brother Leonard Nelson Hubbard.
“May your transition bring peace to your family to your friends to your fans and all of those who loved you. Rest in Melody Hub.”
Fans of the musician also flocked to social media to post messages of condolences following the news.
One user wrote: “I’ve known Hub since we were kids in school. He was such an amazing classmate and friend. He was a phenomenal musician and have fond memories of him playing in his band called Bittersweet at out prom.
“We were so proud when he became a member of the Roots! Rest well!”
Another commented: “Heaven’s rhythm just landed a lil deeper in the pocket.
“We never met, but the first lines I learned when picking up bass were his on Phren, TFA, Illadelph, & DYWM. I play because of him. Not even knowing how chill a cat he wss, he heavily influenced my life path. Man. RIP.”
A third said: “Ouch. Man, Hub was the coolest bassist on earth anytime The Roots played. Rest in Power.”
Hub was part of the Philadelphia group from 1992 until 2007. The band currently plays as the house band for The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
He left the band following a cancer diagnosis. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and following his departure from the band, he still reunited with them on a number of occasions.
Despite his lengthy battle, wife Stephanie told ABC6 his death was quick after he was hospitalised on Wednesday.
She said: “It happened quickly. He didn’t suffer a lot.”
The Roots released its debut LP titled Organix in 1993. Hub’s last record involvement with the band was their 2006 record called Game Theory.
However, in 2016 he sued his former bandmates after claiming they “failed to pay him per a contract that allegedly made him co-owner of the band”.
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