Obit-Joe Sample

File- This July 2, 2006, file photo shows jazz pianist Joe Sample performing during the special event “Hommage to Nesuhi Ertegun” of the 40th Montreux Jazz Festival at the Stravinski hall in Montreux, Switzerland. Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died at age 75. His manager, Patrick Rains, said Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, that Sample died of complications due to lung cancer Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, with his family at his bedside. (KEYSTONE/Martial Trezzini, File)

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