The music community has lost one of the cherished members of Kool & the Gang. Clifford Adams lost his battle with liver cancer on Monday (Jan. 12). He was 62 years old.

According to, the beloved trombone player was in desperate need of a liver transplant, but didn't have health insurance. As a result, his band tried to raise the necessary funds, however, they were unsuccessful in their efforts.

Fellow group member Michael Ray, who knew Adams since they were children, said his friend was all about family and music. "If you knew Cliff you knew his infectious smile and his strong spirit," he said.

"He was powered by family values and he was one of the baddest trombone players in all the planet. I was there when he first went on the road, when he got married. This was my closest and my oldest friend."

Besides being an important member of Kool & the Gang -- a funk and R&B band who rose to fame in the '70s and '80s with hits like 'Celebration' -- Adams also played with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells, the Stylistics and Duke Ellington's Orchestra. He also released two solo albums titled 'The Master Power' and 'I Feel Your Spirit.'

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Mr. Adam's family and friends.

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