The musician died after battling brain cancer, his wife Yaritza announced on Tuesday (July 4) on his Instagram.
“My husband incredible drummer John Blackwell Jr. passed the way peacefully in my company today,” she captioned the photo below. “Thanks God for his life and thanks everyone for their support. Yaritza.”
John was diagnosed with brain tumors last year, which impacted the use of his left arm and leg.
John first picked up the drums at just three years old, joining Prince’s band The New Power Generation in 2000. He also played alongside Justin Timberlake and R&B singer Patti LaBelle.
We send our thoughts and condolences to John‘s loved ones during this difficult time.