This has been confirmed by a statement on his Facebook account
20 Grammy Award-winning American jazz pianist, keyboardist, and composer Chick Korea died last Tuesday, as confirmed by a statement on his Facebook account. “It is with great sadness that we announce that on February 9, Chick Corea passed away at the age of 79, from a rare form of cancer that was only recently discovered,” the text begins. “Throughout his life and career, Chick enjoyed the freedom and fun of creating something new and playing the games that artists play.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and a great mentor and friend to many. Through his work and the decades he spent traveling the world, he moved and inspired the lives of millions of people.
Although he would be the first to say that his music said more than words ever could, yet he had this message for all those he knew and loved, and for all those who loved him: ‘ I want to thank all of those throughout my journey who have helped keep the musical fires burning.
I am hopeful that those who have an inkwell to play, write, act, or otherwise will do so. If not for yourself, then for the rest of us. It’s not only that the world needs more artists, but it’s also just a lot of fun. And to my amazing musician friends who have been like family to me since I’ve known you: It has been a blessing and an honor to learn and play with all of you.
My mission has always been to bring the joy of creating where I could, and to have done it with all the artists that I admire so dearly – this has been the wealth of my life. ‘ Chick’s family will, of course, appreciate your privacy during this difficult time of loss.
Corea, a pioneer of the electric keyboard and immense player on the acoustic piano, has had an extremely prolific career, collaborating with countless jazz legends such as Miles Davis, Gary Burton, Mongo Santamaría, Stan Getz, and Kenny Garrett, and has covered works by Bill Evans, Frédéric Chopin or Thelonious Monk.