Stanley Dural Jr., also known as Buckwheat Zydeco has died at the age of 68. The Zydeco music legend had been battling lung and throat cancer over the years. 2016 continues to be brutal for legendary musicians. Sadly, I never got to see him perform but heard he put on one hell of a show!
His official website posted the news:
It is with deep sadness that I have to announce that our great, beloved leader Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr. has passed away. He died at 1:32 AM Louisiana time, keeping musician’s hours right to the bitter end. I am grieving for my best friend and colleague of more than 30 years. But, as this great road warrior once said: “Life is a tour, and it’s all about how you decide to get where you’re going…I don’t want to ignore the bad things in life, but I want to emphasize the good things.” Buck made everything and everyone he touched better and happier. RIP my dear friend, my brother.
His daughter, Tomorrow Dural, has created a fundraising campaign to help with medical and other expenses.
Dural has suffered from health problems in recent years, including lung and throat cancer, Fox said.
His infectious brand of music, which honored south Louisiana Creole culture, earned him a 2010 Grammy and an Emmy, and numerous other awards.
“His music captured the food, music, language and dancing — the way of life for people in the region,” fellow musician Sean Ardoin told CNN.