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Weldon Irvine Dies

Jazz and funk pianist Weldon Irvine died on or about April 9 due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Best known for his tune “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” which Nina Simone famously covered in the mid-’60s, Irvine killed himself with a rifle on the front lawn of a Uniondale office complex in New York.

The date of death is unclear, as are details about the suicide, because reports say that it was several days before his body was found. He was 59 or 60 years old.

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