RONNIE MONTROSE 1947-2012
Source: KTLA News
5:09 p.m. PST, March 4, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO - Iconic rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose has died at the age of 64 at his home in Milbrae in northern California.
Montrose formed the band that bore his name, and performed with many of rock music's biggest stars.
Montrose had reportedly been in declining health, battling prostate cancer and other health issues.
Besides forming his own band in 1973, Montrose performed with a number of rockers, including Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, and the Edgar Winter Group.
"The guy was such a legendary figure for so many people," Montrose's booking agent Jim Douglas said. "He influenced so many bands. He was truly one of the founding fathers of rock and roll."
Montrose was reportedly working on releasing his first DVD, and was about to embark on a spring tour later this month that would have taken him across the U.S. He is survived by his wife Leighsa, as well as a daughter and five grandchildren.
Listen to 1975 Bootlegs from an appearance Ronnie made for an unknown radio station below.