World Music Journalist Tom Terrell Loses Battle with Cancer

Tom Terrell’s sister, Bevadine, informed family and friends today that Tom’s battle with cancer ended this morning, November 29, at 5:05am. "I’m happy to say that Tom’s final days were pain free and peaceful," said family friend Sean Barlow (Afropop worldwide). "He was constantly surrounded by his loving family and friends during his time in the hospital/hospice. The outpouring of love helped Tom stay positive and strong through to the end."

Tom discovered earlier this year he had prostate cancer that had spread to his bones. He was without health insurance which made his situation more difficult.

A DC native, Tom Terrell worked in the music industry mix since the early 80s. He served as Publicity Manager for Verve Records, NPR Commentator, liner note writer and contributor to Global Rhythm, Jazziz, Vibe, Trace and Essence, DJ at DC’s 9:30 Club and Alt Rock Champions WHFS-FM.

"You may have heard his idiosyncratic reviews of Afropop and world music CDs on NPR’s "All Things Considered," said Sean Barlow. "He charmed ten million  people at a pop! Tom was a pioneering world music journalist whose chops, taste and gregarious sense of humor won over his audience and colleagues alike."

Tom Terrell’s funeral arrangements:

Friday, December 7, 2007
"Wake" – 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Stewart Funeral Home, Inc.
4001 Benning Road, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20019
(202) 399-3600

Saturday, December 8, 2007
"Celebration of Life"
9:00 A.M. Viewing
11:00 A.M. Funeral Service
Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University
6th Street and Howard Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20059
(202) 806-7280

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Saal.