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Irvin Mayfield Sr. Dies

Irvin Mayfield’s father, Irvin Mayfield, Sr., has been identified as one of the casualties of Hurricane Katrina, with the official cause of death listed as drowning. New Orleans native and jazz musician Mayfield had been looking for his father since the hurricane hit the city on Aug. 29.

Irvin Mayfield, Sr. was born and raised in New Orleans and spent 30 years as a maintenance supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service. He was also a 14-year Army veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart for service in Vietnam. He died at age 64.

In lieu of flowers or cards, the Mayfield family asks that donations be made to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra in the name of Irvin Mayfield, Sr. All donations will be used for jazz and music education. More information is available at

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