Paul Matters, a bass guitarist known best for his short time in the rock band AC/DC, has died, according to Fox News.
The news was first revealed by the musician’s friend, Rod Wescombe, in a Facebook post Wednesday. “Shocked and sad to hear of the passing of Paul Matters,” Wescombe wrote, according to Fox. “He will be missed by all who knew him.”
A “rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle”
According to People magazine, Matters joined AC/DC, a rock band best known for tracks like “Highway to Hell” and “Thunderstruck,” in 1975, the same year the band released its debut album, High Voltage.
Matters was hired to replace Larry Van Kriedt, the band’s original bass guitarist, but was “fired by late lead singer Bon Scott after a few weeks and replaced by Mark Evans,” People reported.
Matters didn’t receive any recording credits with the group, but the bassist did perform with them during a tour in Australia.
In his Wednesday Facebook post, Wescombe said reports indicated Matters “lived a reclusive life in his later years,” and that “his early rock ‘n’ roll life style led to ailing health.”
While Wescombe said he “lost contact” with Matters “over the years,” he recalled that the bassist “loved to party” and “could always make me laugh.”
Despite his reclusive lifestyle, Matters was interviewed for a book published in 2017 by author Jesse Fink. In the book, an autobiography of AC/DC’s lead vocalist entitled Bon: The Last Highway, Matters explains that he was “only with [the band] a short time” before Scott gave him the boot.
“He got out the back of a truck…and he told me I wasn’t going back to Melbourne with them,” Matters recalled, according to Fox. “We were up in Sydney doing a concert for schoolkids. So I didn’t play that day. I just turned around and didn’t say a word to him. I turned around and walked out.”
As of Sunday, AC/DC has not put out a statement on Matters’ death, and both Fox News and People magazine said they were unable to reach representatives for the band for comment.
The bassist’s exact age and cause of death remain unclear, according to Fox.