South Bend music legend Billy “Stix” Nicks passes away at 82

One day after he was inducted into the South Bend Hall of Fame, a local musician passed away.

Billy “Stix” Nicks was a legendary drummer, a mentor to young musicians in the area, and played with Junior Walker and The All-Stars, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and others over a decades-long career on the drum stool.

He was honored Tuesday night as one of seven inductees for the South Bend Hall of Fame. Wednesday night, according to a family member, he passed away after a long illness at the age of 82.

Nicks was raised in South Bend and loved to support the local music scene, as well as the young people who made that music. He taught at his own studio and was an adjunct music teacher at Notre Dame.

His funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.