Singer-songwriter Billy Hinsche dead at 70 after brief cancer battle: Reports

Fans of classic pop music received sad news this week.

According to a statement, singer-songwriter Billy Hinsche died on Saturday at the age of 70 after a battle with cancer.

“Never stopped working as a musician”

Actress Lucie Arnaz was among those who mourned his death on social media, writing on Instagram that he was “one of the finest humans, friends, storytellers and musicians” on earth.

She included a photo of her with Hinsche along with her post, noting that he died of giant cell carcinoma a short time after he was diagnosed with cancer. As she went on to explain, the disease had “ravaged” her longtime friend “like an out of control train.”

Arnaz said she attended school with Hinsche and compared their relationship to that of “brother and sister.”

The musician had worked with her brother, Desi Arnaz Jr., as well as other prominent musicians including Dino Martin Jr. and, perhaps most notably, the Beach Boys.

“He had never stopped working as a musician,” Arnaz added. “Played with every incarnation of The Beach Boys for decades. And, during COVID, performed a wonderful show each and every week from his home in Henderson, NV called ‘Billy’s Place.'”

“Immense talent and sense of humor”

Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love also eulogized Hinsche, tweeting: “We lost a great friend, family member, and forever member of The Beach Boys band on Saturday. We’ll miss him greatly.”

Love went on to fondly recall Hinsche’s “jovial nature and immense talent and sense of humor.”

For his part, Beach Boys member Brian Wilson shared an image of him alongside Hinsche on Twitter, captioning the photo: “Love & Mercy Billy Hinsche.”

In addition to his storied musical career, Hinsche produced a number of documentaries that focused on his time with the Beach Boys as well as his efforts to help individuals living with cancer. As Fox News explained, he was a board member of the Carl Wilson Foundation, an organization that offers assistance to cancer patients and provides funding for research to find new treatments for the disease.

Other prominent musical acts with which Hinsche collaborated throughout his career included America, Warren Zevon, and Joan Jett.

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