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Drummer Ricky Lawson, Who Worked with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Others, Dead at 59

Image courtesy of Clayton Call/Redferns (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Clayton Call/Redferns (via ABC News Radio)

Session drummer Ricky Lawson , who had collaborated with Michael Jackson , Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston , among other noted artists, died Monday at a suburban Los Angeles hospital, according to the Detroit Free Press .

Lawson, 59, who was born in Detroit, was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm earlier this month after becoming disoriented during a performance at a California jazz club.

Lawson's work in the studio includes his performance on Whitney Houston's recording of "I Will Always Love You."

He was also a member of a group called the Yellowjackets . During his stint with the band, they won a Grammy in 1986 for best R&B instrumental performance, for "And You Know That."

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