The Roots’ Longtime Manager & Producer Rich Nichols Passes Away

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With his name in the liners as far back as Illadelph Halflife, producer Richard Nichols was an integral part of The Roots. Producer, executive, and manager, Nichols was never credited as a member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Hip-Hop band, but was highly involved in their studio work and even transition to network television, for nearly 20 years. Today (July 17), it’s been reported that Nichols has died.

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Although details are still releasing to the public, AllHipHop.com has reported that Nichols had been battling an undisclosed illness at the time of his death. The Roots’ ?uestlove was among those who have reacted, confirming the mourning in Instagram and Twitter posts. Talib Kweli, who had worked with The Roots crew extensively throughout the last 15 years, deemed Nichols “one of the greatest men I’ve ever met,” while Phonte credited Rich as a wise educator, in and out of the recording studio:

 

UPDATE: A spokesperson from The Roots confirmed that Nichols died after a long battle with Leukemia. The statement also confirmed that he managed the group since their inception.

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