Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Lawrence Leathers was found murdered at his home in the Bronx, NY.
Leathers, 37, was considered one of the most-sought-after jazz drummers in the industry today. The New York Police Department has arrested and charged two people with assault — Lisa Harris, 41, and Sterling Aguilar, 28.
Police found Leathers’ unconscious body in a stairwell outside his apartment.
According to the Associated Press, Leathers and Harris lived together in the Bronx apartment near where he was found.
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“According to police sources, Leathers was involved in a dispute with his girlfriend when he was assaulted by another individual, who put him in a chokehold. He lost consciousness and was later pronounced dead,” NPR reported.
Leathers, who is originally from Lansing, Michigan, started playing drums at age 15 and went on to attend Julliard, NBC News reported.
Leathers’ death shocked many in the music world, where he was a celebrated artist
“Leathers, a drummer with a clean, uncomplicated style, was a regular at New York jazz institutions such as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Smalls and even the Village Vanguard, the club where, as a part of Salvant’s backing ensemble, he recorded the singer’s album “Dreams and Daggers,” winner of the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2017,” Jazziz reported.