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Crusaders Saxophonist Wilton Felder Dies at 75

Third member of veteran band to pass

Wilton Felder

Saxophonist and bassist Wilton Felder, a co-founder and longtime member of the Crusaders, died Sept. 27, at age 75, in Whittier, Calif. The cause was cancer. Felder was 75.

Felder’s death, confirmed by his son Wilton Felder Jr., and reported in multiple news outlets, follows those of fellow Crusaders Joe Sample (keyboards) and Wayne Henderson (trombone), both in 2014, leaving drummer Nesbert “Stix” Hooper as the only surviving member of the core group.

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