ZZ Top’s bassist Dusty Hill has passed away aged 72 in his home of Houston, Texas.
The American musician’s bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard confirmed the news on Wednesday 28 evening as they shared a joint statement explaining that he died in his sleep. Dusty’s cause of death is yet to be revealed.
“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX,” they wrote.
The pair continued: “We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’.
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“We will forever be connected to that “Blues Shuffle in C”. You will be missed greatly, amigo. Frank & Billy”.
ZZ Top was due to play in Simpsonville, South Carolina, on Wednesday, but according to NBC, it had been cancelled as the group said “fearless” Dusty had to return to Texas to “address a hip issue”.
“The members of ZZ Top, Billy, and Frank, would like to share that Dusty, their fearless Bass player, is on a short detour back to Texas, to address a hip issue. They await a speedy recovery and have him back pronto,” the announcement read.
“Per Dusty’s request ‘The show must go on!'” the statement added.
Since news broke of Dusty’s sad passing, fans have flocked to Twitter to share their condolences as one person wrote: “Sad news about Dusty Hill. Saw ZZ Top live on the Afterburner tour in London in 1986. They put on a show. Their music is wonderful. Hope you stay sharply dressed in the next world.”
Another said: “R.I.P. Dusty Hill. #ZZTop Sad news.. thoughts and prayers to the family and friends , and everyone in the Hill circle. .. life is short , but the music will live forever.”
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While a third added: “RIP Dusty Hill. Everyone should go and listen to Tres Hombres in tribute”.
Born Joe Michael Hill in Dallas, the rocker and his pals formed ZZ Top in Houston back in 1969 and debuted their album, ZZ Top’s First Album, in 1970.
Just three years later, the band gained popularity through a funky blues song about the Chicken Ranch, a notorious brothel in the state of Texas called La Grange – which is also the title of the track.
Following a hiatus that lasted three years, they came back together and managed hit the jackpot with their 1983 album Eliminator, which sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
Dusty leaves behind wife Charleen McCrory.
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