ZZ Top’s longtime bassist and founding member, Dusty Hill, has died at the age of 72.
In a statement shared by bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard on Facebook, Hill passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, Texas.
“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX,” the statement read. “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’s cause of death currently remains unknown, however, recently Hill suffered a hip injury that the band said he had to address in the last few weeks, forcing him to remove himself from several upcoming shows across the U.S. with the iconic rock group.
In a post shared to social media on Friday (July 23), Gibbons and Beard shared that 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.”
Continuing to add, “Per Dusty’s request “The show must go on!”. With that directive, ZZ Top has put the services of Mr. Elwood Francis, their trusted guitar tech of the past two decades, into play with his slide guitar, bass guitar, and harmonica playing in full swing. And with Elwood to our right, rest assured ZZ Top will deliver their good time, signature show”, said Billy F Gibbons. “Billy’s big guitar, crushing drums from Mr. Beard, and Elwood securing the bottom end continues the delivery with those famous three chords we all dig.”
Hill is one of the original founding members of the popular Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band. He served as the lead bass player and secondary frontman since forming in 1969.