Bernie Worrell, who revolutionized keyboard playing in popular music, died Friday from the effects of lung cancer, his wife, Judie Worrell, announced on Facebook. He was 72.

“Rest in peace, my love – you definitely made the world a better place,” Judie Worrell said. “Till we meet again, vaya con Dios.”

Worrell worked with the Talking Heads, Bill Laswell, Keith Richards, the Pretenders, Jack Bruce, Deee-Lite and many others, but he is perhaps best known as the keyboard maestro of Parliament-Funkadelic, most prominently on tracks like “Flash Light,” “Mothership Connection (Star Child)” and “Aqua Boogie.”

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