Walter "Junie" Morrison, who played keyboards in Funkadelic and the Ohio Players, died on Saturday. His daughter, Akasha, reported the news via the artist's Facebook page. The details surrounding his death have not yet been made public. He was 62.

"It is with great sadness that the Ohio Players have lost on this earth another one of the original members of the band Walter 'Junie' Morrison," the group's James "Diamond" Williams wrote on Facebook. "When I got in the band in 1972 he was my roommate on the road and a brother-in-law, at one time being married to my wife's sister. The voice of granny in the funky worm, an incredibly talented individual ... RIP PLAYER 4 Life. We send our condolences to his family and his friends and fans."

Morrison's career had several peaks that would resonate decades beyond their places on the Billboard charts. With the Ohio Players, he arranged and co-wrote 1972's "Funky Worm," a song that featured Morrison pretending to be an old woman. It made it to Number 15 on the Hot 100. "Early in my career with Ohio Players, we played a lot of nightclubs and had a closer interaction with the audience," he told Red Bull Music Academy in 2015. "As a result, we would do skits to bring ourselves even closer to the people in that setting. One of these so-called 'skits' involved the character I created of a young boy with a very 'dirty mouth.' That 'boy' character was using what later became the 'Granny' voice on 'Funky Worm.' From young to old in an instant!"

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Junie Morrison, Parliament-Funkadelic and Ohio Players Member, Dead at 62

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