The Rolling Stones' longtime saxophonist Bobby Keys dies aged 70
Bobby Keys, longtime saxophonist with The Rolling Stones, has passed away at the age of 70.
Texas native Keys first befriended The Rolling Stones in 1964 and played on a number of their biggest hits, including 'Brown Sugar' and 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking'. He toured with the band constantly and was part of the line-up on the Stones' last run of UK shows.
Keys had been ill for a number of months and had been forced to miss the Rolling Stones recent run of shows in Australia and New Zealand as he was suffering from liver cirrhosis.
The band have issued a short statement, which reads: "The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys. Bobby made a unique musical contribution to the band since the 1960s. He will be greatly missed."
As well as his career with the Stones, Keys also played on albums from Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Lennon and George Harrison.