Parliament Funkadelic vocalist Clarence ‘Fuzzy’ Haskins has died at the age of 81.Haskins’ former bandmates confirmed the news that he had passed away on Friday (March 17) on their official social media. “Resting on the verge of getting it on, Clarence Eugene “Fuzzy” Haskins (born June 8, 1941-March 17th, 2023) of Parliament-Funkadelic!” they wrote.
No cause of death has been confirmed.Haskins was one of the original members of the Parliaments when the band formed as a doo-wop group in 1960, singing alongside George Clinton and his bandmates Ray Davis, Calvin Simon, and Grady Thomas.
The group then rebranded as an R&B and funk ensemble called Parliament Funkadelic in 1970, a change in direction that was largely spearheaded by Haskins and Clinton, according to Clinton’s website.Haskins temporarily left the band in 1976 due to growing tensions between the group’s members and released a solo album; ‘A Whole Nother Thang’, that same year.
He then returned to Funkadelic a year later but left again shortly after alongside Calvin Simon and Grady Thomas, with the original members becoming disillusioned by an influx of new members to the group.Read more on nme.com