Derrick Lloyd King
BORN: January 12, 1954
DIED: April 30
CHILDREN: Anthony, Luke, Jason, Barnaby, Melvin and Nefeticia.
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WELL-known Bristol musician Derrick King has died, aged 57.
Affectionately known as Frank to family and King to friends, he was born on January 12, 1954, to Alice Burke and Marcus King.
Born in Browns Hall District of St Catherine, Jamaica, he went to Browns Hall Elementary School and came to England in January, 1967.
Derrick went to Ashton Park School and excelled in music, which led to his membership of the reggae band Black Roots.
He had various jobs over the years, working at RPC Containers, Mobile Windscreens, Tesco and Sainsbury's.
His family say he was no angel, but many fondly remember his funny side and the enjoyment he had travelling with Black Roots and holidays with Beverley, his partner for 16 years.
Sister Elaine said: "We are all still in a bit of shock at how quickly he passed, after 17 days in hospital. We will all meet again one day, as families and friends and though we miss everyone that pass, this can comfort us."
In the latter part of his life Derrick suffered tinnitus before developing motor neurone disease, having never been to hospital in his 57 years.
Frank died suddenly on April 30 at Frenchay Hospital from respiratory failure.
Elaine added: "We recognise that we are not in charge and the future which was facing him due to the effect of motor neurone disease would have been very challenging."
Derrick's funeral will take place at Canford Crematorium on Friday, May 20, at noon, and his wake will be held afterwards at the Malcolm X Community Centre in St Paul's.