Phil Ashley, who was a keyboardist for KISS and Mick Jagger, among others, died on July 10 at the age of 65.
Ashley’s family revealed the news of his death but did not disclose the cause.
“We are heartbroken at the passing of Philip Ashley. A loving father, husband & partner, a wonderful friend and passionately talented musician. We hope to honor his life next year with a memorial service – details to come,” his family said in a statement.
Speaking about the death of his friend, KISS co-lead vocalist Paul Stanley said, “He was a no bullsh*t, warm and kind soul who I shared so many hours talking with about the value of life, family and music”.
“He played keyboards for many of the greats. The times we won’t have leaves me empty,” Stanley tweeted.
Another friend of Ashley, Joe Satriani paid tribute on Twitter, positing a picture of them with Doug Wimbish and Simon Philips during the recording of The Extremist.
Ashley also worked with many other famous musicians, including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Billy Idol and Aerosmith.
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