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Dusty Hill dead: ZZ Top bassist dies in his sleep after pulling out of tour with injury

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard have paid tribute to bandmate Dusty Hill after the bassist and vocalist died in his sleep at the age of 72

ZZ Top’s bassist and founding member Dusty Hill has died at the age of 72.

The rocker’s bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard confirmed the sad news in a statement shared with fans this evening.

The pair revealed that Dusty, who was behind hits including Gimme All Your Lovin’ and Tush, died in his sleep at his home in Houston.

“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX.

“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.'”

Dusty Hill of US rock band ZZ Top has died at the age of 72

“You will be missed greatly, amigo,” they added.

Dusty’s cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

In recent weeks, the musician had opened up about an injury to his hip – that had forced him to pull out of ZZ Top’s most recent tour – although it is unclear if this related.

In the last few weeks the veteran bassist had to bow out of a number of shows across the US as he encouraged his bandmates to continue without him.

An announcement at the time read: “The members of ZZ Top, Billy, and Frank, would like to share that Dusty, 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.

“Per Dusty’s request ‘The show must go on!’,” the statement continued.

Dusty pictured with bandmate Billy Gibbons, who paid tribute to the bassist in a statement alongside fellow ZZ Top member Frank Beard

“Rest assured ZZ Top will deliver their good time, signature show’, said Billy as he promised ‘big guitar and crashing drums’ and that Dusty’s replacement wound continue the delivery of ‘those famous three chords we all dig’.

Dusty had been one of the founding members of the American rock group, who started in Houston, Texas in 1969.

Initially taking inspiration from the Blues, the band’s style evolved throughout the career.

The trio became renowned for their stage performances and the striking image of Dusty and Billy – clad in matching signature long beards, shades and Stetson hats – jamming front of stage.

Dusty (L) and Billy were beloved by fans for their signature style

The band had huge hits with Gimme All Your Lovin’, La Grange and Tush.

They released 15 studio albums and sold an estimated 50 million albums worldwide.

In 2004 the rockers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

As well as being known for their music, away from the spotlight the band were huge supporters of a number of charities including Childline and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

While Dusty also starred in Back to the Future Part III and Deadwood and appeared on WWE Raw.