Dusty Hill, the bassist for ZZ Top, died at his home in Houston on Wednesday, the Texas-based rock band announced. He was 72 years old.
His bandmates, Frank Beard and Billy Gibbons, did not reveal the cause of his death, which occurred on Tuesday.
“We are saddened by the news today that our compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX,” Beard and Gibbons wrote in a post on the band’s website. “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, amigo.”
Hill joined the band in 1970 — replacing previous bassists Billy Ethridge and Lanier Greig — shortly after the band’s formation in 1969. The Dallas native also sang lead and backing vocals and played keyboards.
His death comes less than a week after the band announced he was leaving their current tour “to address a hip issue.”
ZZ Top is perhaps best known for the singles “Gimme All Your Lovin,'” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” and “Got Me Under Pressure” from its 1983 album Eliminator. They won several MTV Video Music Awards in the 1980s, but their popularity waned in the 1990s.
They continued to release music (a total of 15 studio albums) and tour throughout the summer. In 2004, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Prince, Bob Seger, George Harrison, the Dells, Jackson Browne, and Traffic.
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill performs at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., on December 28, 2007. The rock legend died on July 27 at the age of 72. Photo by Michael Bush