Entertainment Music Parliament-Funkadelic Co-Founder and Former Vocalist Clarence 'Fuzzy' Haskins Dead at 81 The multi-talented musician was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Parliament-Funkadelic in 1997 By Jack Irvin Jack Irvin Instagram Twitter Digital Music Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 20, 2023 10:15 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Parliament-Funkadelic's former vocalist Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins has died. He was 81. "We are saddened to announce the passing of an original Parliament Funkadelic member Clarence Eugene 'Fuzzy' Haskins," read an Instagram post from the band and co-founder George Clinton on Saturday, shared alongside several photos of the musician. While his cause of death is currently unknown, Haskins reportedly suffered a stroke last year. Born June 8, 1941 in Elkins, West Virginia, Haskins first gained recognition in the music scene as a member of the Gel-Airs. In 1960, he joined Clinton's doo-wop group the Parliaments, which evolved into Parliament-Funkadelic in 1968, as one of its original members. Parliament-Funkadelic. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Haskins lyrically, vocally and instrumentally contributed to many of Parliament-Funkadelic's songs, including "I Got a Thing," "I Wanna Know If It's Good to You" and "Can You Get to That," as well as the 1972 album America Eats Its Young, according to his bio on Clinton's website. Calvin Simon, Parliament-Funkadelic Co-Founder, Dies at 79: 'Heaven Just Got a Bit Funkier' "He was known, during live P-Funk shows, to don skin-tight bodysuits and gyrate against the microphone pole as he whipped the crowd into a frenzy, especially when they performed 'Standing on the Verge of Getting it On,'" continues the bio. The musician left Parliament-Funkadelic in 1976 due to rifts with fellow members and released his debut solo album A Whole Nother Thang the same year. He rejoined the group one year later for the P-Funk Live Earth Tour before exiting once again. In 1978, Haskins released his second solo album Radio Active. "By this time, he claimed he was through with singing all the ole dirty songs and began studying the Lord's Word," reads his bio. In 1980, he joined forces with two other original Parliaments members, Calvin Simon and Gene "Grady" Thomas, for the album Connections and Disconnections. Released under the band name Funkadelic, the record featured no contributions from Clinton and later led the trio into a court case over rights to the name. Funk Legend George Clinton Jokes He Went on 'The Masked Singer' to 'Be Relevant Again' Haskins then spent time as a preacher before reuniting with Simon, Thomas and another P-Funk alum Ray Davis to form Original P in the 1990s. The band went on tour, performing Parliament-Funkadelic's hits as well as original songs. Parliament-Funkadelic. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty The multi-talented performer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Parliament-Funkadelic in 1997. "Funk is a force that tore the roof off the sucker that is modern music," said the late Prince at the induction. Following the announcement of Haskins' death, multiple musicians took to social media and expressed their condolences. "Rest In Funkentelechy my brother," wrote Questlove on Instagram. "Prayer's going out to Clarence 'Fuzzys' Haskins family & friends. We lost his frequency today," tweeted P-Funk member Bootsy Collins. "We will miss u my friend, bandmate & Soul brother! Thx u for ur guidance in my pup years."