Grammy award-winning jazz drummer Lawrence Leathers has been found dead outside a New York City apartment at the age of 37.
Police said the musician was found on a stairwell on Sunday outside the Bronx apartment he shared with 41-year-old Lisa Harris. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was described as an “amazing person and musician” as tributes came in after news of his death emerged.
The renowned performer played on two Grammy award winning albums with singer Cecile McLorin Salvant.
Ms Salvant shared a video of Leathers performing on her Instagram following his death.
This was met with numerous messages of support, with one fan writing: “Cecile, I am so very shocked and deeply sorry for the loss of a great percussionist, a wonderful human being and I’m sure, your close friend.”
While drummer E J Strickland remembered Leathers on Instagram as “one of the most musical, swingingest, honest drummers out there”.
Mack Avenue Records, an independent label, spoke of being “grateful for having been given the opportunity to record and work with him”.
A statement, posted on Twitter, said: “We are saddened by the passing of Lawrence Leathers, our deepest condolences go out to his friends and family as well as the jazz community. Lawrence was an amazing person and musician.”
Jazz pianist Gerald Clayton shared an image of some flowers alongside a tribute to Leathers.
“Once again we find ourselves unexpectedly confronted with the stark fragility of life and its maddening injustices,” he wrote on twitter.
“Love to Lawrence Lo Leathers. Love to the entire community – our community – that mourns his tragic passing.”
Leathers, a native of Lansing, Michigan, and began his professional career as a drummer at the age of 15.
Police said Leathers was involved in a physical dispute with Ms Harris and a man.
Both Harris and Aguilar were arrested on assault charges on Monday.
Source: Evening Standard