Tiny Desk Contest Contestant Bernie Dalton Dies After Battling ALS

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Bernie and the Believers Featuring essence perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 16, 2018 (Cameron Pollack/NPR).

The musician won our hearts with his deeply moving 2018 Tiny Desk contest entry as Bernie and The Believers. He’d been fighting bulbar-onset ALS, an aggressive form of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

(Image credit: Cameron Pollack/NPR)