Kool & the Gang Trombonist Clifford Adams Dead at 62

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Clifford Adams, Robert Mickens, Shawn McQuiller and Unidentified of Kool & The Gang perform on stage during the 80's Rewind Christmas Tour at Wembley Arena on Dec. 1, 2010 in London, England.

Clifford Adams -- a longtime trombonist in Kool & the Gang -- died at age 62 on Monday morning (Jan. 12). He had been battling liver cancer for a year.

According to NJ.com, the Trenton, N.J., native "had no heath insurance to cover medical expenses" during his cancer struggle. Adams' fellow musicians, family and friends attempted to raise money through fundraisers in Trenton for a liver transplant prior to his death.

Longtime friend and fellow Kool & the Gang musician Michael Ray mourned Adams' loss. "This was my closest and my oldest friend," the trumpet player told NJ.com. "If you knew Cliff you knew his infectious smile and his strong spirit. … He was powered by family values and he was one of the baddest trombone players in all the planet."