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BREAKING: The Neville Brothers and The Meters founder Art Neville dies aged 81

FUNK legend Art Neville has died aged 81, his manager has confirmed.

Musician Art Neville has died at the age of 81, his manager Kent Sorrell has confirmed.

The funk legend died at home with his wife by his side.

Art – who founded The Neville Brothers and The Meters – was from New Orleans, Louisiana.

The cause of death was not immediately shared however Art had battled some health issues during his life.

The health issues included complications from back surgery.

Kent Sorrell said in a statement: “Art ‘Poppa Funk’ Neville passed away peacefully this morning at home with his adoring wife, Lorraine, by his side.”

The other members of The Neville brothers were Charles, who died last year, Cyril and Aaron.

Art Neville

RIP: Art Neville has died aged 81 (Pic: Getty)

Art Neville

MUSICIAN: Art was the founder of funk band The Meters (Pic: Getty)

The Neville Brothers closed the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for a number of years.

But the brothers were forced to move across the country after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

In 2007, the four of them returned to the festival.

Art Neville

STAR: Art Neville retired back in December (Pic: Getty)

Art Neville

SAD NEWS: Art died at home with his wife by his side (Pic: Getty)

In 1968, Art and his brothers Cyril and Aaron joined four other musicians to form The Meters.

The American funk band are often cited by other bands as an influence.

Art Neville retired in December.

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