Bernard Wright, a jazz keyboardist and the son of legendary soul singer Roberta Flack, died aged 58. The news of his death was shared by family friend, guitarist and former Jamaica Boys bandleader Billy “Spaceman” Patterson on social media on Friday.
“On behalf of the family of Bernard Wright (Nard), We are saddened to announce that yesterday Bernard has been called home to the Most High,” the friend wrote. “Many thanks for everyone’s support, encouragement, and prayers for Nard throughout the years. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.”
“Our hearts are heavy and our faith is strong. To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord! LOVE! Rest In Power, Nard,” he added.
It remains unclear when and how Wright died. A cause of death is yet to be determined, media reports said.
Wright was born in Jamaica, Queens. At the age of 13, he toured with Lenny White and played with Tom Browne in 1979. He quickly gained attention and signed to GRP in 1981. He released his debut album, Nard, under the label.
Wright continued making it big with several hit albums, including 1983’s Funky Beat and ’85’s Mr. Wright, which featured the smash R&B single Who Do You Love.
Wright also co-wrote and sang with La La on We’ll Keep Strivin.
His recording career included works with Cameo, Bobby Brown, Pieces of a Dream and Charles Earland.
According to reports, Wright is survived by his mother, Flack, who the iconic soul singer behind the hit singles The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Killing Me Softly with His Song, Feel Like Makin’ Love, Where Is the Love and The Closer I Get to You.