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Uncle Lionel Batiste Dies at 81


Uncle Lionel Batiste, longtime bass drummer of the Tremé Brass Band and patriarch of the famed Batiste family, died Sunday morning of complications from Stage 4 cancer, NoDef confirmed with friends of Batiste this morning. He was 81. Always sporting an outfit that was the definition of dapper, sunglasses and, in recent years, a cane, Batiste made it his mission to put a smile on everyone's face, and he was hard-presesd to find anyone whose face didn't light up in his prescence.


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