Ben Andrews

Prince Paid Off ‘Funky Drummer’ Medical Bills

After getting diagnosed with cancer, legendary drummer Clyde Stubblefield had $90,000 worth of hospital bills.  

Stubblefield’s wife Jody Hannon received an unexpected call while Stubblefield was undergoing chemotherapy for bladder cancer: Prince‘s people were on the line, and they wanted to know how much Stubblefield needed in order to pay off his massive medical bills. True to his buttoned-up, discreet nature, Prince requested that his donation — a whopping $80,000 to help pay for Stubblefield’s treatment — be kept a secret from the press… Stubblefield was one of Prince’s “drumming idols.” Stubblefield is best known for his drum break in James Brown’s “Funky Drummer.”

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