LONG BEACH, Calif. — Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, has died at a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism. He was 59.
His uncle, Paul Riser of Detroit, said Tuesday that Mr. Lawson was removed from life support 10 days after the aneurism diagnosis and died around 7 p.m. Monday.
The Detroit native learned to play drums at age 16 and jumped into the music business even before graduating from Cooley High School, developing into one of the nation’s top studio musicians in the 1980s.
Mr. Lawson won a Grammy Award in 1986 for R&B instrumental performance for the song ‘‘And You Know That’’ by his group, Yellowjackets.