Billy Preston, the remarkable soul/blues/rock keyboardist, died on tuesday of chronic kidney failure. He was 59 years old. Preston had received a kidney transplant in 2002, but the transplant failed and he has been on dialysis ever since then.
Preston was an excellent musician, and had played with and for many of the greats, including Mahalia Jackson, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Sly & the Family Stone, etc. He also had a string of solo hits.
Billy Preston was a legend in the music business and he will be missed. For me, and many of his other fans, this is a very sad day. Rest in peace, Billy. You earned it.