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Brit Turner, Blackberry Smoke Drummer & Founding Member Dies At 57

Blackberry Smoke drummer and founding member Brit Turner has passed away at the age of 57. The reason for his death has not been stated yet. However, he battled glioblastoma, a type of brain tumour since his diagnosis in 2022.

In August of the same year, Brit Turner experienced a heart attack at his Atlanta home. He later underwent surgery to place a stent in his coronary artery and eventually returned to performing. However, his health continued to decline, leading to his replacement by Kent Aberle for the band’s 2024 shows.

Brit Turner’s Blackberry Smoke Shared A Statement On His Death

The band, consisting of Paul Jackson, Charlie Starr, Richard Turner, and Brandon Still, released a statement expressing their deep sorrow over Brit Turner’s passing. They described him as caring, empathetic, and the guiding force of Blackberry Smoke.

The band shared a s statement via an Instagram post. “It is with the deepest sorrow that we inform everyone that our brother @britturner13 has moved on from this life. If you had the privilege of knowing Brit on any level, you know he was the most caring, empathetic, driven and endearing person one could ever hope to meet. Brit was Blackberry Smoke’s True North, the compass that instituted the ideology that will continue to guide this band.”

They added: “Brit has battled glioblastoma since his diagnosis in the fall of 2022 and fought every day. We ask for prayers for his family and band brothers. More information on arrangements will be forthcoming. Thank you to everyone who has supported and been there for Brit and his family through this fight.

The group has launched a fundraising page to support Brit Turner’s family during this difficult time.”If you would like to continue to support Brit’s family at this time, please visit the link in our bio.”

Brit Turner, the beloved drummer of Blackberry Smoke, leaves behind a legacy of talent and resilience. His memory will continue to inspire fans and fellow musicians alike.

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