‘An icon’: ZZ Top co-founder and bassist Dusty Hill dead at age 72

After spending decades entertaining fans, one of the founding members of legendary rock band ZZ Top died this week.

According to reports, 72-year-old Dusty Hill died in his Houston, Texas home on Wednesday, though a cause of death was not immediately revealed. 

“Good nature and enduring commitment”

The bassist had apparently been experiencing some health issues, with the band posting a social media update on Friday explaining that he would be returning to Texas “to address a hip issue.”

That post maintained an optimistic outlook, however, wishing Hill “a speedy recovery” and predicting a return to normal “pronto.”

Surviving bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard released a statement affirming that they joined “legions of ZZ Top fans” in mourning the loss of Hill’s “steadfast presence” as well as his “good nature and enduring commitment to proving that monumental bottom to the ‘Top.'”

Numerous other entertainers paid tribute to the prominent rocker, including Kid Rock, who expressed his condolences via Instagram.

“I loved Dusty Hill first as a player, singer, songwriter and performer,” he wrote, according to Fox News. “I was privileged to also call him a friend. I will forever cherish our time on the road and on stage together.”

“A great friend and a remarkable Texan”

The Michigan native described Hill as a “tremendous human being, Texan and American,” concluding: “We lost another one of the greats today, but rock n roll never forgets. Rock on Dusty, Rock on.”

Paul Stanley, an original member of KISS, tweeted out his regards, calling Hill “unique” and “an icon.”

He went on to assert that the bearded bass player was “a gentleman from the days of us opening for them through the recent days of them opening for us.”

Such statements were not limited to musicians, however, with GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott celebrating the “music legend” as “a great friend and a remarkable Texan.”

Hill was born in Dallas in 1949 and played cello in high school before relocating to Houston in 1969. A year later, he formed ZZ Top, a blues-influenced rock band that soon became known for hit singles including “Gimme All Your Lovin,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” and “Legs.”

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