LOS ANGELES – Dusty Hill, known as ZZ Top’s longtime bassist, has died aged 72.
Hill died in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas, according to bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, who confirmed the news on social media.
“We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your unwavering presence, good nature, and enduring commitment to providing this monumental background to ‘Top,'” Gibbons and Beard wrote. “We will forever be connected to this ‘Blues Shuffle in C’. We will miss you dearly, amigo.”
Celebrities were quick to offer their condolences and appreciation to the legendary bassist.
Flea, a member of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, wrote on social media, “Ahhhh man, I love Dusty Hill. A real rocker. What a straight jammer.”
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend #DustyHill. A great musician and a rock icon,” said singer-songwriter Christopher Cross.
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith has released his favorite band song in honor of the late singer.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must say goodbye to a member of That Lil’ Ol Band From Texas: ZZ Top’s RIP Dusty Hill,” said English singer, songwriter and musician Paul Young. “I’ve loved this band since I was 14 and they are hands down the coolest band on the planet!”
Hill suffered a health crisis last week – quitting his band’s tour “to fix a hip problem”. But it was unclear if this was related to the cause of his death.
“At Dusty’s request ‘The show must go on!’ the harmonica is in full swing,” the band wrote on Facebook.
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Dusty is one of the original founding members of ZZ Top, serving as lead bassist and secondary lead vocalist since they launched the rock band in 1969.
Hill was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of ZZ Top in 2004.
This is a developing story.