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Wallace Roney, jazz trumpeter, dies aged 59 after contracting coronavirus


Legendary jazz trumpeter, Wallace Roney, has passed away at the age of 59 after contracting coronavirus.

Roney, who studied under collaborated with Miles Davis, was admitted to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson in New Jersey where he passed away due to Covid-19 complications. Roney’s publicist Lydia Liebman confirmed the news.

“I am saddened to confirm that the iconic trumpeter and jazz legend Wallace Roney passed away due to complications of COVID-19 this morning just before noon,” Liebman said.

“Working with Wallace was and will remain one of the greatest privileges of my life,” his publicist added. “It was an honor to represent him and to be part of his musical world. I cannot even begin to express how much I will miss him and his music.”

Roney, who won a Grammy in 1994 for the album A Tribute To Miles, was born in Philadelphia in 1960 ad began playing the trumpet at just five years old before committing his life to a career with the instrument. “We are devastated,” Erin Davis, Cheryl Davis and Vince Wilburn, Jr. wrote in a post on the Twitter account dedicated to jazz legend Miles Davis. “Wallace was a global life force in the jazz community.”

They added: “He was loved and mentored by Miles. We will miss you Wally. We love you. Peaceful journey.”

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 1st, more than 860,184 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.

With more than 42,345 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and many more. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, the WHO stated that Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic after the strict lockdown in China saw reduced numbers. Now, however, as the virus continues to spread aggressively across The United States—who have more confirmed cases than any other country—the epicentre of coronavirus is expected to be officially changed to North America.