Lawrence Leathers is dead

Lawrence Leathers, who was a Grammy winning jazz drummer, has died.

He got into an altercation with two people. He was held in a chokehold and punched in the face repeatedly. They have been arrested and charged for manslaughter.

He was discovered unconscious and the police pronounced him dead on the scene.

Lawrence Leathers was a big name in New York’s jazz scene. He was well respected by many musicians who recognised his talent for drumming.

He found success as the drummer playing with jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. With her, he won two Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Album. She paid tribute to him on Instagram.

It is very tragic that we lost Lawrence Leathers at such a young age. May his soul rest in peace.