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Condolences to one of hip-hop’s great musicians, Roots drummer, author and composer Questlove‘s father Lee Andrews, lead singer of the doo-wop group Lee Andrews & the Hearts, has passed away.

Questlove has always been proud of his father’s musical influence.

Yesterday he drafted an open letter to his dad, thanking him for life lessons and the influence Andrews had on his career in music. “The Greatest Teacher in my life, my dad Lee Andrews June 2nd 1936-March 16 2016. I love you,” the Grammy Award-winning drummer wrote.

The Greatest Teacher in my life, my dad Lee Andrews June 2nd 1936-March 16 2016. I love you. For every backstage experience. For every drum lesson. For giving me your tireless work ethic. For our father & son record binging expeditions. For our arguments over the summer I discovered #ItTakesANationOfMillions. For the look on your face when I told you "imma give this rap thing a try" (I waited til our 2nd album to have this convo btw) For the look on your face 5 years later when I told you "you don't have to work no more. For the look on your face when a year later I was like "Seriously dad, you don't have to work anymore!" For bringing my mom & my sister into my life. For the years we fell out. For the years we put it back together. But really, for the last 2 conversations we had. I understand why you were so hard on me praying I didn't succumb to a fate not meant for a teenager in west philly in the mid 80s. I didn't understand it at the time. But I appreciate it now. I hope Donn & I do you proud. #LeeAndrewsAndTheHearts

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Andrews was 79-years-old. Prayers and condolences go out to Questlove and the Andrews/Thompson family.

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