Buckwheat Zydeco Dead at 68, RIP Stanley Dural Jr

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Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr (November 14, 1947 – September 24, 2016)

Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr (November 14, 1947 – September 24, 2016)

Stanley Dural Jr., better known for his stage name, Buckwheat Zydeco, died today, September 24, 2016, at just 68 years old. The cause of death is being reported as lung cancer.

As his persona implies, Dural Jr. was known for playing zydeco, the music popularized in Louisiana. He was born in Lafayette, LA, where he also died. His nickname, “Buckwheat,” came from The Little Rascals character of the same name, whose braided hair Dural’s own resembled.

Throughout his career, Buckwheat Zydeco performed on the accordion with numerous classic rock musicians including Eric Clapton, U2 and Robert Plant.

On the Buckwheat Zydeco Facebook page, band member Ted Cox broke the news:

“It is with deep sadness that I have to announce that our great, beloved leader Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr. has passed away. He died at 1:32 AM Louisiana time, keeping musician’s hours right to the bitter end. I am grieving for my best friend and colleague of more than 30 years. But, as this great road warrior once said: “Life is a tour, and it’s all about how you decide to get where you’re going…I don’t want to ignore the bad things in life, but I want to emphasize the good things.” Buck made everything and everyone he touched better and happier. RIP my dear friend, my brother.

His daughter, Tomorrow Dural, has created a fundraising campaign https://www.gofundme.com/2khuzztk to help with medical and other expenses.”

Watch Buckwheat Zydeco and band perform at the Clearwater Festival…

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