George Clinton has been making music with his Parliament-Funkadelic bandmate Bernie Worrell on and off since the early 1970s, but that collaboration officially came to an end Friday (June 24) when Worrell died at age 72 following a battle with lung cancer.
Clinton is clearly mourning the loss of the legendary keyboardist, releasing this heartfelt statement to Billboard late Friday: "This is a huge loss. The world of music will never be the same. Bernie’s influence and contribution -- not just to Funk but also Rock and Hip Hop -- will forever be felt. Bernie was a close and personal friend and this is a time of sadness for me personally. P-Funk stands with his family and fans alike in mourning this loss.