Wow, bit of a surprise this one. I didn’t know he was ill, or any more ill than he always appears to be. The LATimes are just now reporting that his death has been confirmed
A proper nutcase, and quite a scary one at times. But also a musical genius. When teamed up with Quincey Jones, he made some of the greatest soul/funk/pop music of late 70s/80s. His music went on the slide at the same time as the madness around his personal life became stranger than fiction.
Here’s a video. What do you think: Genius or just a lunatic?