The Roots bassist Leonard ‘Hub’ Hubbard dies at 62

Hubbard joined the band in 1992 and played with The Roots for 15 years
Leonard Hubbard
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Leonard “Hub” Hubbard, the former longtime bassist of The Roots, has died at the age of 62.

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The Roots made the announcement of Hubbard’s passing on their social media pages. “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we say goodbye to our brother Leonard Nelson Hubbard. May your transition bring peace to your family to your friends to your fans and all of those who loved you,” the band wrote.

“Rest in Melody Hub.”

Affectionately known to fans as “Hub,” Hubbard passed away after living with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, for years.

Hubbard’s wife, Stephanie Hubbard, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma back in 2007. He had been in remission until last month, she said. His cause of death was related to multiple myeloma.

Hubbard joined The Roots in 1992 and recorded seven albums with the band, including their 1993 debut record Organix. He left the group in 2007 after he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

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