ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill dies aged 72
Dusty Hill, the long-time bassist of hard-rockers ZZ Top, has died at the age of 72.
Hill's bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard said that the bassist died in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas.
Speaking about Hill (pictured on the right), Gibbons and Beard said: "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', You will be missed greatly, amigo."
Born Joseph Michael Hill, the bassist began his career in the band American Blues alongside his brother Rocky and Frank Beard.
After Beard departed to join ZZ Top, Hill soon followed him and cemented a line-up that would stay in place for more than 50 years.
Together the trio recorded 15 studio albums and sold over 50 million records, releasing much-loved hits like 'Sharp Dressed Man', 'Gimme All Your Lovin', 'Sleeping Bag', and 'Viva Las Vegas'.
ZZ Top have already confirmed that they will continue to tour and record, with the band's longtime guitar tech, Elwood Francis, taking over on bass, a move that has been made with Hill's blessing after he stepped down from touring earlier this month.