Musician Benny Likumahuwa dies at 73 from diabetes, kidney failure

Musician Benny Likumahuwa dies at 73 from diabetes, kidney failure

A photograph of Benny Likumahuwa displayed at his house in Ciputat, Tangeran Selatan, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (ANTARA/Maria Cicilia/sw)

However, we do not want to make it tough, as he had already undertaken a long journey, and his life was great. Hence, I let him go, as I know this is the best thing to do.
Tangerang Selatan (ANTARA) - Benny Likumahuwa, Indonesia’s 73-year-old senior jazz musician, died of diabetes on Tuesday morning after having fought the ailment for the past two years and his condition steadily deteriorating since April, Barry, his son, confirmed.

"His condition worsened, as he was ailing from diabetes and kidney condition. He had undergone dialysis since 2018 but was yet able to perform regular activities. However, his condition took a turn for the worse since the enactment of PSBB (the Large-Scale Social Distancing over COVID-19)," Barry revealed.

The COVID-19 pandemic also limited Barry from seeing his father over his concerns of being a coronavirus carrier.

"Hence, it has been a while since the last time I came here, and my father's health kept deteriorating through the months. However, we do not want to make it tough, as he had already undertaken a long journey, and his life was great. Hence, I let him go, as I know this is the best thing to do," Barry noted.

Benny was a multitalented musician, with expertise in playing several instruments, including the bongo drum, clarinet, bass, saxophone, and trombone.

He joined The Rollies music group in 1968 and conducted several music projects with Jack Lesmana and Indra Lesmana in 1985. In 2006, Benny, along with some friends, established a music school named GladiResik Music Lab.
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