Thursday, February 10, 2011

Guitarist Gary Moore Passes Away

Legendary rock and blues guitarist Gary Moore passed away in his sleep on Sunday morning of a suspected heart attack while vacationing in Spain with his girlfriend. While tributes have poured in from peers, friends and fans all over the world, Moore's family has remained silent most of the week.

Gary Moore's family issued the following statement on Wednesday: "On Sunday 6th February 2011 musician Gary Moore died in his sleep of a heart attack while on holiday in Spain. Acknowledged as one of the finest guitarists that the British Isles has ever produced; Gary Moore's career dated back to the sixties. Moore graced the line-ups of several notable rock bands including Thin Lizzy, Collosseum II and Skid Row, to name but three, and to this year maintained a highly successful solo career. Gary is survived by four children; daughters Saoirse and Lily and sons Jack and Gus. His family take great comfort in the fact he died of natural causes and was looking forward to his holiday prior to recording a new album. Gary was thrilled by new guitars he had just bought and was planning to play shows throughout the world, later this year. His family has requested that their privacy is respected during this sad time and no further comment will be made. They would very much like to express their heartfelt thanks for the show of support and all the kind messages from friends and fans alike, the world over."

Moore's brother was in Spain earlier this week preparing to bring his body home, but no funeral plans have been announced. Authorities have ordered more tests to make a final determination as to the cause of death, but initial findings indicate the guitarist probably died of a heart attack, and officials have said that there is nothing unusual about the case.

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