According to the McKinley “Bug” Williams, longtime percussionist for the soul and R&B band Maze, has died of an apparent heart attack, according to and other entertainment media outlets.

Williams was a lifelong friend of group leader Frankie Beverly and was there at the inception of the group when Beverly transitioned Maze  out of a group called the Butlers.

Williams, who was born in Philadelphia, died in Chattanooga on Friday, according to

According to the site, Williams wasn’t feeling well at practice for the Chattanooga concert and went to his room.

Someone noticed that he left his door opened and went in to check on him, but he was unresponsive. Williams was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died.

“I’ve never played with anyone else,” Williams is quoted as saying on Maze’s website. “I’ve always wanted the same basic things that Frank wanted for the band and my attitude was ‘let’s take it to the max.’

Comments (5)
  1. wgailb says:

    Rest in peace my dear brother!

  2. GWalker says:

    R.I.P. Bug…gave us quite a show in Tyler, Texas

  3. Sarah says:

    RIP my homey, this is one of my favorite bands, the last time I saw then live in concert was about two years in Lafayette, LA…

  4. Jazzzy says:

    I love Maze as a group. I am deeply sorry for your lost. Mr.Williams play on in heaven.

  5. Blue says:

    Love You Man, R.I.P…. I will never forget the good music and sounds you help to bring us. Maze will always be one of my most cherished musical groups. Thanks and I appreciate the memories.

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