Kim-RushingSeattle jazz vocalist Kim Rushing, who earlier this year was diagnosed with Granulomatosis Polyarteris, a rare autoimmune disorder (formerly known as Wegener’s Disease), passed away on Saturday, October 19.

Word came from her husband, drummer Robert Rushing, via a post on Facebook and Kim’s fundraiser site to help defray the costs of treatment.

Hello friends, This is Kim’s husband Robert with the saddest possible news. On Saturday October 19th, Kim passed away of pneumonia and septic shock. Of course we are devastated at her sudden and unexpected death. It is incomprehensible to us. She had so much life left to live. Kim was my best friend and love of my life for 29 years, and the loving mother of our beautiful child. We will miss her terribly. She appreciated her friendships, musical brothers and sisters, and family tremendously. She was so grateful for all the caring and generosity shown to her during her difficult illness. This site will be closed down in several weeks. Thank you all so much for your support over these last few months.

We will have more news as it becomes available. If you care to make a donation to the Rushing Family, visit the GoFundMe page for Kim Rushing. You can also listen to Kim’s music here.

Kim Rushing, Seattle Jazz