Don Blackman, famed pianist, songwriter, and producer, who previously worked with acts like Earth, Wind, and Fire, Parliament & Funkadelic, and others, has died at the age of 59.

Working largely as a musician with other artists, including as a session musician working with acts like Sting and Janet Jackson, Blackman released only one solo album. His 1982 self-titled release wasn't a huge success in the U.S., but several of the tracks, including 'Heart's Desire (below),' did end up becoming successful in Europe.

Blackman had been battling cancer recently, with his daughter revealing via Twitter yesterday that he was hospitalized with stage four cancer. She later confirmed late last night that Blackman had passed.