Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on the passing of accomplished New Orleans musician, Verlin "Buck" Baker, Jr.:
 
“Buck Baker was a true Louisiana treasure who made great contributions to the world of music and to the city of New Orleans which he loved,” said Gov. Edwards. A member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, Buck created music that will last the ages, and his work to improve the lives of those in his community will long be remembered.  Donna and I ask the citizens of our state to join us in praying for his devoted wife of 52 years, Janice, their family, friends and many fans.”