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Keyboardist Bernie Worrell Battling Cancer


LONG BRANCH, NJ (CelebrityAccess) — George Bernard "Bernie" Worrell, Jr. is an American keyboardist and composer best known as a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and for his work with Talking Heads. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Worrell, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, toured extensively with Parliament-Funkadelic and while he never formally joined the group, his pioneering keyboard work can be heard on the group's albums, including "Stop Making Sense," "Speaking in Tongues," and "The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads."

Worrell is fighting stage 4 lung cancer, which he says has metastasized to his liver and pleural areas. His wife Judie has established a crowd funding campaign and the couple are soliciting donations.

“We have rejected chemotherapy (at this point) but he is undergoing naturopathic treatment (for which we are trying to raise money) which does the same but without the toxic chemical stew,” Judie said in her appeal.

As well, the couple has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to for an in-the-works solo album Retrospectives.

“He wants his album released in his lifetime (if you have not already, please go to the indiegogo page,” she wrote. “Then, we will address trying to find a cure for him.”

Donations to the campaign can be made at /www.youcaring.com/bernie-worell-501298