The Roots’ manager, Rich Nichols, died on Thursday afternoon after he was taken off of life support in the Philadelphia hospital where he had been for months.
The veteran hip-hop band and driving musical force behind “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” issued this statement to Okayplayer.com:
“The Roots Family are devastated to announce the passing of Richard Nichols, the band’s longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia. Nichols, 55, a Philadelphia native, managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots’ creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades. Nichols is survived by his wife, Mercedes Martinez, his sons Amiri Nichols and Rakim Nichols, his sisters Rochelle Nichols-Solomon, Rebecca Dennis, his brothers Russell Nichols and Reginald Nichols, and the many individuals and artists he mentored in his lifetime.”
The news also drew reaction from the band and their musical friends as well.
So Long Friend…. http://t.co/0AdOpNJr74
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) July 18, 2014
— Busta Rhymes (@BustaRhymes) July 17, 2014
Rest in peace to one of the greatest men I've ever met, Rich Nichols
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 17, 2014
Enduring respect for a brilliant, extraordinary MAN, Rich Nichols. Peace is yours.
— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) July 17, 2014
RIP to my man Rich Nichols. The lessons he taught me both in and out of the studio were priceless. Rest easy, good brother.
— Phonte (@phontigallo) July 17, 2014
I HATE that I have to post this. R.I.P Rich Nichols. Prayers and love to all that knew him. I'll… http://t.co/z9wDMVNZME
— MARSHA AMBROSIUS © (@MarshaAmbrosius) July 17, 2014
Rest In Peace, and Power…..Rich Nichols ……man
— 9th Wonder (@9thWonderMusic) July 17, 2014
A long respect salute to Rich Nichols of The Roots ….Rest In Beats and peace @questlove
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) July 17, 2014