Flamboyant funk singer and composer who released the hit singles "Super Freak" and "You And I," among others.
He joined the Navy Reserve out of fear of being drafted, but ended up missing his weekend training to play music.
He struggled with drug addiction throughout his life, admitting to spending up to $7,000 a week on drugs.
After divorcing his first wife, he married Tanya Hijazi on December 24, 1997 and they divorced in 2002.
He was partially responsible for MC Hammer's "Can't Touch This" and won a Grammy Award for the song.