By Ken Tucker
June 18, 2010 at 12:53 PM EDT

The great guitarist Garry Shider, a close collaborator with George Clinton for decades, has died at age 56. Recognized visually onstage as part of the Parliafunkadelicment Thang for his penchant for wearing a diaper, Shider had brain and lung cancer.

Shider’s condition had been known for some time. The extraordinary TV writer and Parliament-Funkadelic historian David Mills (Treme, The Wire), who himself died in March at age 48, wrote a beautiful tribute to Shider this past March, which you can read and listen to Shider music here.

Shider was a key contributor to P-Funk touchstones such as “One Nation Under A Groove” and the earth-shaking “Cosmic Slop.” Here’s a bit of footage prominently including Shider that appeared on Belgium television:

Shider was a marvelous vocalist as well as an innovative guitar player. Listen to his croon on Mills’ blog item as Shider sings “Sexy Ways.”

He’ll be missed immensely, but his grooves survive forever.

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