Clarence Eugene “Fuzzy” Haskins, an original member of the influential musical collective Parliament-Funkadelic, has died. He was 81.
The news arrived from Fuzzy’s Parliament bandmate George Clinton, who took to Instagram to honor the late artist.
“We are saddened to announce the passing of an original Parliament-Funkadelic member, Clarence Eugene “Fuzzy” Haskins (born June 8, 1941-March 17th, 2023),” read the post’s caption.
Fuzzy and Clinton first began working together in 1960, when Fuzzy become part of Clinton’s Doo Wop group, The Parliaments. Parliament later evolved into Parliament-Funkadelic in the ’70s, however, in 1976, he parted ways with the group due to financial and management differences. Still, Clinton still considered him family, according to Clinton’s website.
At the time of writing, a cause of death had not yet been reported. Several musicians have taken to social media to pay tribute to Fuzzy.
“Rest In Funkentelechy my brother,” said Questlove of The Roots.
Clarence Fuzzy Haskins.
Founding member of P-Funk & RRHOF member ?? Rest In Funkentelechy my brother. https://t.co/OHJaXLnQME
— Plug 5. (@questlove) March 18, 2023
“Prayer’s going out to Clarence ‘Fuzzys’ Haskins family & friends.,” said his P-Funk bandmate Bootsy Collins. “We lost his frequency today. 3-17- 23. He was an original Parliament/Funkadelic inducted in the RHOF. We will miss u my friend, bandmate & Soul brother! Thx u for ur guidance in my pup year’s. Bootsy baby!!”
Prayer's going out to Clarence "Fuzzys" Haskins family & friends.? We lost his frequency today
3-17- 23. He was an original Parliament/Funkadelic inducted in the RHOF.?We will miss u my friend, bandmate & Soul brother!? Thx u for ur guidance in my pup year's. Bootsy baby!!!? pic.twitter.com/IQI6crS8sS
— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) March 18, 2023
In 1997, Fuzzy was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The organization posted a tribute from their Twitter account recalling his legacy.
“As P-Funk pushed boundaries further and further on classic albums like Mothership Connection and Maggot Brain and set a futuristic pace for Black music,” they said. “Haskins kept things connected to their street corner harmony roots.”
2/2 As P-Funk pushed boundaries further and further on classic albums like Mothership Connection and Maggot Brain and set a futuristic pace for Black music, Haskins kept things connected to their street corner harmony roots. https://t.co/03b0qrbgxl pic.twitter.com/i6ydvLeOPp
— Rock Hall (@rockhall) March 18, 2023