ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has died at the age of 72, his band has confirmed.
The musician’s bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard told fans in a heartbreaking statement earlier today.
They revealed that Dusty, a founding member of the rock band, died in his sleep at his home in Houston.
The cause of his death is yet to be confirmed, the Mirror reports.
A statement from the pair read: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX.
“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.
“We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C’.
“You will be missed greatly.”
Dusty recently opened up about an injury to his hip, which forced his to pull out of the most recent ZZ Top tour.
It is unclear if his injury is related to his passing.
In a statement at the time, the band said: “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.
“Per Dusty’s request ‘the show must go on!’”
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