The rock and roll world lost a legend this week, leaving fans shocked and saddened.
As Fox News reported, Bernie Marsden, former Whitesnake guitarist, died at age 72 according to a statement from the British rocker's family.
As of this writing, a cause of death has not been revealed.
Marsden, an original member of the popular band, "played with original band members frontman David Coverdale, drummer Dave Dowie, bassist Neil Murray and guitarist Mick Moody."
The hard rock legend's family issued a touching statement announcing their beloved's death, noting his passion for making music.
"On behalf of his family, it is with deep sadness we announce the death of Bernie Marsden," the statement read.
It added, "Bernie died peacefully on Thursday evening with his wife, Fran, and daughters, Charlotte and Olivia, by his side. Bernie never lost his passion for music, writing and recording new songs until the end."
Fox News noted:
Marsden was born in Buckingham in 1951 and got his start in rock ‘n’ roll with the band UFO in 1972 before performing with Whitesnake from 1978 until 1982. The musician was part of several bands during his career, including Alaska and Moody Marsden Band.
Marsden reportedly passed away peacefully with his wife and daughters by his side.
Given his popularity and notoriety in the music business, tributes poured in from all corners across social media, with fans remembering his greatness and former colleagues praising his work.
"Very sad to hear the news of the great Bernie Marsden’s passing, yesterday. He was a true legend and inspiration and our condolences go out to all his family and friends. This is us with Bernie @ Steelhouse Live in UK back in 2014. //Europe," John Norum tweeted.
The Metal Voice tweeted:
"Former Whitesnake guitarist and co-writer Bernie Marsden dies R.I.P. Bernard John Marsden (born 7 May 1951) is an English rock and blues guitarist. He is primarily known for his work with Whitesnake, having written or co-written with David Coverdale many of the group's hit songs, such as "Fool for Your Loving", "Walking in the Shadow of the Blues", "She's A Woman", "Lovehunter", "Trouble", "Child of Babylon", "Rough and Ready", and the multi-million selling chart-topper "Here I Go Again"
— Monsters Of Rock® (@MonstersOfRock) August 25, 2023
His hit music will surely live on as he left an unforgettable mark on the music world.