Carl Dufrene in LA with Anders Osborne © Jim Brock 2013

, the bassist known for his work with and the band, has reportedly passed away. The news came today via the Dickinson brothers.

wrote “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our brother and dear friend, . Lord, please look after his family during this difficult time. God bless and God speed, brother Carl.

also confirmed the news and and called for friends to “play some funky music for Brother Carl Dufrene on this sad day.”

Carl was a wonderful friend, family man and musician. Carl would selflessly do anything to keep the mood upbeat, the music funky, and full of fellowship and positive and inspiration. Carl was a great improvisational partner, fearlessly heading down uncharted spontaneous compositions while never losing the groove. We were honored to make music with Carl for years. He always elevated the music. Carl was a national treasure, a true ambassador of Louisiana musicality and hospitality. The Bayou Buddha will be missed by friends the world over but live on in the music and in our hearts.

posted a touching tribute on his page this evening.

Our thoughts are with his friends, family and fans today. 💔

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