Wayne Shorter, American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies aged 89

Legendary American jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 89.

Shorter was born in the state of New Jersey in 1933. He made his name in a band led by trumpeter Miles Davis in the 1960s.

In the 1970s and 80s, Shorter was active in the fusion group Weather Report that mixed jazz, rock and Latin music. The group won a Grammy Award.

In his later years, Shorter continued to perform in many countries around the world, including Japan.

Pianist Herbie Hancock, who performed with Shorter in Davis's band, said on Twitter that he misses his "best friend."

Hancock wrote that Shorter "was able to reach the pinnacle of excellence" as a saxophonist and composer.