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Jazz drummer Bob French dies at 74

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Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:10 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2012 4:10 PM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans jazz band leader and drummer Robert "Bob" French Sr. has died after a long illness. He was 74.

The Times-Picayune reported French was the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band drummer and band leader and an oftentimes outspoken and controversial deejay at WWOZ-FM. He last performed with the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band in the summer of 2011.

Afflicted with dementia and suffering from diabetes-related complications, he then moved into an assisted-living facility.

He died on Monday.

A visitation is scheduled Saturday at 1 p.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home in New Orleans.

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