American jazz violinist Billy Bang has died at the age of 63.
The musician passed away on Monday (11, Apr 2011) after reportedly battling lung cancer, according to publication Jazz Times.
Born William Walker in Alabama, the star embarked on a career in music after serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
He went on to enjoy a career spanning four decades, co-founding the String Trio of New York, alongside guitarist James Emery and double bassist John Lindberg.
Bang was due to perform at the Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York on 10 June (2011) and event producer John Nugent has paid tribute to the late musician.
He says, Billy was extremely well-liked in Rochester and had an exceptionally loyal following.
We were so looking forward to welcoming him back to the festival. His unique artistry and talent will be missed by us and the jazz world. We extend our condolences to his many friends and family. May he rest in peace."