Flea, the founding member and the bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, commemorated the birthday of legendary jazz musician Lee Morgan, who was shot by his wife during a live performance in a club. Flea also praised him as his musical hero on the latest Instagram post.

Tragically died at the age of 33, Lee Morgan was killed in 1972 at a jazz club named Slugs’ Saloon. After a quarrel with his common-law wife Helen Morgan, she shot him. She spent a short time in prison before being released on parole.

The story of Lee and Helen Morgan even became a documentary in 2016 under the name ‘I Called Him Morgan.

Here is what Flea said on his Instagram post:

“Today I celebrate the birthday of my hero, Lee Morgan. His deeply funky, harmonically inventive, rocketing, thrilling, sexy, trumpet playing has given me hope time and time again. The sound! The joy! The pain turned into art!!!

It seemed he lived many lives, he was a child prodigy, famous jazz star, then a down and out drug addict, only to be reborn like a lotus flower out of the thick muddy sludge to make another series of incredible records and concerts through the late sixties.”

He continued:

“He did it all before he was shot dead by his common-law wife in a club where he was performing at the age of 33. Slugs Saloon in NYC. My favorite album of his is The Procrastinator, but they are all great, check out Cornbread and The Sidewinder.

Let it flow through you, and we will be connected. Happy birthday, Lee. You live forever.”

You can see Flea’s Instagram post below.

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Today I celebrate the birthday of my hero, Lee Morgan. His deeply funky, harmonically inventive, rocketing, thrilling, sexy, trumpet playing has given me hope time and time again. The sound! The joy! The pain turned into art!!! It seemed he lived many lives, he was child prodigy, famous jazz star, then a down and out drug addict, only to be reborn like a lotus flower out of the thick muddy sludge to make another series of incredible records and concerts through the the late sixties. He did it all before he was shot dead by his common-law wife in a club where he was performing at the age of 33. Slugs Saloon in NYC. My favorite album of his is The Procrastinator, but they are all great, check out Cornbread and The Sidewinder. Let it flow through you, and we will be connected. Happy birthday Lee. You live forever.

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