PHOTOS: New Orleanians say goodbye to bounce music pioneer 5th Ward Weebie

Jerome "5th Ward Weebie" Cosey was known for the songs ‘Let Me Find Out’ and ‘Get Out the Way.’ His funeral was held at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans, followed by a second line down Orleans Ave.

by Matthew Hinton
January 21, 2020

As the Roots of Music band plays, a pallbearer raises his hand to symbolize the number five at the funeral of Jerome “5th Ward Weebie” Cosey.

It was one of the many tributes Sunday to the bounce pioneer who died Jan. 9 at the age of 41 from complications from a heart attack.

Cosey was known for the songs ‘Let Me Find Out’ and ‘Get Out the Way.’ His funeral was held at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans, followed by a second line down Orleans Ave.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell and U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond helped eulogize Cosey. Many musicians were in attendance including Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Big Freedia. He made music with Drake, Snoop Dogg, Master P, and Mystikal and was also known for the song “F— Katrina” released in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina.

MORE: Who was 5th Ward Weebie? New Orleans is mourning a unique voice.

Matthew Hinton is a New Orleans area freelance photographer whose work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Best of Photojournalism Awards in 2014 and 2016, and by numerous awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, including the Hal Ledet President's Print Photography Award, the highest honor the Press Club can bestow upon a photographer. Matthew Hinton has previously been a staff photographer at both of the daily newspapers in New Orleans. His work has appeared nationally and internationally through freelance work with the Associated Press and AFP, Agence France-Presse.

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