Jazz star Charnett Moffett dies of heart attack at 54.

Charnett Moffett, the Bay Area jazz star who worked with Art Blakey, Ornette Coleman, Pharoah Sanders, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and so many other legendary artists during his nearly 40-year career, has died at the age of 54.

“I am deeply saddened and shocked to confirm that the beloved and iconic jazz bass innovator, composer, and leader Charnett Moffett suddenly passed away due to a heart attack early Monday, April 11th,” publicist Lydia Liebman wrote in a news release. “He was with Jana Herzen, his wife of two years and musical collaborator of 12 years at the time. He was pronounced dead at Stanford University Hospital.”

Moffett, an acclaimed bassist, composer and bandleader, had been dealing “with bots of intense pain from Trigeminal Neuralgia for the past few years and Herzen and the family suspect that the heart attack was a complication of that condition,” Liebman said in the statement .

“The family is in shock and devastated, but also thankful that he is released from the intense pain, and invites all his fans and loved ones to celebrate with them that his indomitable, vastly creative, high flying, and joyful spirit is now free to fly even higher and even freer…,” she added.


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