The Associated Press reports that rock guitar legend, Ronnie Montrose passed away at 64 years old at his home in Millbrae on Saturday. The news was communicated by his booking agent, Jim Douglas who also told reporters that the former rock musician was dealing with various health problems.
Ronnie Montrose was the founder and the leader of the band that bore his name. He was best known for his singles “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride”, but also for his collaborations with many other musicians including Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, The Beau Brummels, Boz Scaggs, Beaver & Krause, Gary Wright, Tony Williams, The Neville Brothers, Dan Hartman, Edgar Winter and Johnny Winter. He formed the Montrose band in 1973 and he released numerous albums, such as, “Montrose”, “Jump on it” and “Paper Money”.
The guitarist was preparing to release a new DVD and to start a music tour across U.S. Unfortunately, his wish didn’t come true because Montrose was dealing with severe health problems. His book agent told reporters that the rock legend was suffering from prostate cancer and other mental issues that Douglas preferred to describe as “personal demons”.
The late singer held a speech on his 64th birthday party saying that he lived a life full of joy, but he, nevertheless, didn’t take the love he received from his fans for granted. The musician was aware that his life was coming to an end, so he wanted to let people know that he appreciated their love for his music.
His website was updated with a message from his reps saying that the 64-year-old musician chose his own exit from life the way he chose his own way in life. His wife, Leighsa, his son and daughter, as well as their five grandchildren will take care of the singer’s funeral. They asked the press to respect their wish for privacy.
Ronnie Montrose was the greatest guitarist i have ever seen! he will be greatly missed. R.I.P. Ronnie