Leonard “Hub” Hubbard, longtime bassist for the Roots, dies aged 62

Leonard “Hub” Hubbard
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Leonard “Hub” Hubbard, longtime bass guitar player and founding member of Philadelphia hip-hop outfit the Roots, has died aged 62.

As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hubbard's passing was confirmed by his wife Stephanie, who revealed the cause of his death to be multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2007. Despite being in remission up until last month, Hubbard was hospitalized on Wednesday (December 15), she revealed, adding that his decline in health “happened quickly”. 

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.