Joe Sample, a founding member of Jazz Crusaders which became known simply as The Crusaders in 1971, passed away at the age of 75 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas on Friday, September 12. Joe's manager, Patrick Rains, told AP that the pianist died of complication due to lung cancer.
Joe's representative released a statement regarding his passing on Facebook, "At 9:50pm (Houston,TX time), September 12, 2014, Joe Sample passed. His wife Yolanda and his son Nicklas would like to thank all of you, his fans and friends, for your prayers and support during this trying time. Please know that Joe was aware and very appreciative of all of your prayers, comments, letters/cards and well wishes."