Kool & The Gang regular Clifford Adams has lost his battle with liver cancer.

The 62-year-old trombonist passed away on Monday morning (12Jan15).

Fellow Kool & the Gang musician Michael Ray confirmed the sad news to Nj.com, stating, "This was my closest and my oldest friend. If you knew Cliff, you knew his infectious smile and his strong spirit... He was powered by family values and he was one of the baddest (best) trombone players in all the planet."

Adams also performed with The Stylistics, Patti Labelle and Duke Ellington.

He released two solo albums, The Master Power and I Feel Your Spirit.