Grammy-winning saxophonist David Sanborn dies at 78

May 13—Renowned saxophonist David Sanbon, a multiple Grammy winner, died Sunday at his home in Tarrytown, N.Y., at the age of 78.

A statement on Sanborn's social media accounts posted Monday said, "It is with sad and heavy hearts that we convey to you the loss of internationally renowned, 6 time Grammy Award-winning, saxophonist, David Sanborn.

"Mr. Sanborn passed Sunday afternoon, May 12th, after an extended battle with prostate cancer with complications.

"Mr. Sanborn had been dealing with prostate cancer since 2018, but had been able to maintain his normal schedule of concerts until just recently. Indeed he already had concerts scheduled into 2025."

His publicist, contacted by CNN and other news organizations, confirmed he had passed.

Sanborn enjoyed success practically across the musical spectrum, including jazz, R&B and pop.

Said National Public Radio, "The key to Sanborn's success was his sound, which ran sweet-tart with a bracing bite, like the wedge of lime on a salt-rimmed cocktail glass. He'd adapted that tone from his childhood hero, Hank Crawford, a former music director with Ray Charles — but he made it as personal as his speaking voice, and carried it into a dazzling range of settings."