‘Today I’m numb:’ Nile Rodgers says his mother Beverly Goodman has died after Alzheimer’s battle
Nile Rodgers said on social media Sunday that his mother Beverly Goodman has died after an Alzheimer’s battle.
‘My mom #BeverlyGoodman #RIP passed away around 6am today,’ the 68-year-old musician tweeted Sunday. ‘I breathed some of my 1st breaths with her and she breathed some of her last with me. My brothers and I will contact everyone soon. Today I’m numb.’
The New York native accompanied the sad message with a picture of himself at his ailing mother’s bedside.
The latest: Nile Rodgers, 68, said on social media Sunday that his mother Beverly Goodman has died after an Alzheimer’s battle. He was snapped in NYC last year
The Chic co-founder last week opened up about the anguish he experienced not being able to connect in person with her for the holidays, as she was hospitalized under strict medical protocols amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
‘The saddest part of this #COVID holiday is not being able to visit my #mom,’ Rodgers said December 23. ‘She’s always happy and entertaining even w late stage #Alzheimer’s. I’ve learned to redirect or not, so she’s never uncomfortable with her memory loss.’
Rodgers earlier this month told The Mirror about his family history with the disease.
‘Six family members have had Alzheimer’s,’ he said. ‘We are talking about my mother who currently has Alzheimers. And my mum’s sister, my aunt, died of Alzheimers. And their mother, my maternal grandmother, died of it, and my maternal grandmother’s sister – my great aunt – she died of it. And also her daughter died of it. And my uncle as well.’
Heartbreaking: The New York native accompanied the sad message with a picture of himself at his ailing mother’s bedside
Rodgers received condolences from his peers after the somber announcement
Rodgers earlier this month told The Mirror about his family history with the disease, saying he had six relatives die of the disease
He told the publication about his work with the music therapy charity organization Nordoff Robbins and the impact of music to communicate with people.
‘I believe that the charity does the kind of work that should be done all around the world,’ he said. ‘I believe that musicians are proper ambassadors and to be able to spread this kind of goodness and love all around the world is an amazing thing.
‘To be at the forefront of it is a very noble cause. I have seen music get through to people right in front of me.’
The Good Times artist received condolences from his peers after the somber announcement.
The account for the band Earth, Wind & Fire tweeted, ‘We are so sorry to hear this. Our sincerest condolences, Nile.’
Radio veteran Wayne Cabot said, ‘You gave her every parent’s greatest gift: pride in her child. Much love Nile to you and your family.’
Singer Jason Isbell added, ‘So sorry for your loss, Nile.’