Jerry Jeff Walker, the American country musician, died on Oct. 23 from complications of throat cancer. He was 78. Walker was best known as the writer and original singer of "Mr. Bojangles," a famed and frequently-covered country song he wrote in 1968.
Born Ronald Clyde Crosby in 1943, the singer-songwriter released dozens of albums throughout a lengthy career, with most of his biggest hits coming in the 1970s and '80s. He was also known for co-founding '60s band Circus Maximus. As a solo artist, Walker was associated with country rock and Texas outlaw country music. According to Pitchfork, he married his wife Susan in 1974, and the couple had two children together, son Django and daughter Jessie.
Walker was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017 and died following a battle with the disease and "some other health issues," the AP reports. May he rest in peace.
Country music legend Charley Pride has passed away at the age of 86 due to complications from COVID-19. He was a country music star whose career spanned over six decades with hits like "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'". Pride was country music's first black superstar and a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He will be greatly missed.