Ricky Lawson, 59, a studio drummer who collaborated with Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston and other artists, has died at a California hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm earlier this month.

Mr. Lawson became disoriented Dec. 13 during a show in Seal Beach, Calif., and was diagnosed with an aneurysm.

Paul Riser of Detroit told the Associated Press on Tuesday that his nephew was removed from life support after 10 days and died Monday evening. Mr. Lawson was being treated at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

The Detroit native jumped into the music business even before graduating from Cooley High School, and he became one of the nation's top studio musicians in the 1980s.

His work appears on Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You."

- AP