He was killed on Thursday by carjackers as he was dropping off his kids. This is stunning on a couple of levels. First, it’s a sad and deep loss for music worldwide. Second, back in my PR days, I did some work on one of his albums that was being released through Motown. It was either Victims or House of Exile.
Anyway, I have to give a major hat tip to Kofi Annan for the heads-up, who has more links and details on his site.