Art Neville Of Neville Brothers, The Meters Dies At 81

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Art Neville, keyboardist in both The Neville Brothers and funk group The Meters, died Monday at his home in New Orleans. He was 81.

A cause of death was not immediately revealed.

Neville and his brothers Aaron, Charles and Cyril formed a music act in 1976 and released 10 studio albums between 1978 and 2004. They disbanded in 2012 but reunited for a one last concert in 2015.

Charles died of cancer last year at 79.

Prior to working with his brothers, Neville was a founding member of The Meters, a groundbreaking group that also backed artists like Dr. John and Robert Palmer. They were honoured last year with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Art will be deeply missed by many, but remembered for imaginatively bringing New Orleans funk to life,” the Recording Academy said, in a release.

Neville leaves behind wife Lorraine and three children.