Rolling Stones saxophonist dies

By Drum Digital
03 December 2014

Rolling Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys died Tuesday at his home near Nashville, the band said.

"The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys," the band announced on its Twitter feed.

In a handwritten note posted on Twitter, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, a close Keys friend, added, "I have lost the largest pal in the world and I can't express the sense of sadness I feel."

Keys, 70, was reportedly battling liver cirrhosis, and had dropped out of tour dates in Australia and New Zealand in October "under doctor's orders," according to a notice at the time on the band's web site.

Born in Texas, Keys started playing saxophone with the band in the 1960s. His playing was featured on Rolling Stones albums Let it Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street, and on some of its biggest hits, including Brown Sugar and Live With Me.

Keys toured with the band off and on for more than 45 years.


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