R&B artist, composer and producer Kashif has died at the age of 56.
According to EUR Web, Kashif lived alone and was found by a neighbor yesterday afternoon. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office says he had been dead since Sunday. At this time, there is no specific cause of death. However, it appears he died of “natural causes.
Just recently he brought together many of the artists he collaborated with in his career to present his 3rd annual “Kashif and Friends” show in Hollywood in June of this year. Kashif was a solo artist for Arista Records, where he was instrumental in the careers of a number of well-known artists. He wrote and played on Evelyn Champagne King’s number one R&B hits “I’m in Love” and “Love Come Down,” Whitney Houston’s first hit “You Give Good Love” and one of its follow-ups, “Thinking About You” from her 17-million-selling debut album Whitney Houston.
His own recording career yielded 17 R&B hit singles and four Top 40 albums. He recorded several duets: “Love Changes” with Mel’isa Morgan, “Love the One I’m With” with Melba Moore, and “Reservations for Two” with Dionne Warwick. He was also the author of a best-selling book on how to navigate the music industry and was hard at work on a 10 part documentary on the history of R&B music when he died. More than just being a great musician, Kashif was a friend and an inspiration.
His mother was incarcerated when he was only 4 months old and he went through a series of foster home horror stories before landing with a caring family, Music was his escape and he has dedicated much of his time and resources to causes that support foster children. His name means “inventor, discoverer and magic maker”. We will miss the magic and will cherish all the wonderful music and memories he leaves behind.