Dusty Hill dead latest – ZZ Top member Billy Gibbons says band will carry on as bassist's cause of death remains unclear

ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has died after suffering hip issues — but the band will carry on as the bassist's cause of death remains unclear, according to reports.

In a statement to Eddie Trunk, the host of SiriusXM's Trunk Nation, band member Billy Gibbons said the band will carry on.

The statement, according to Trunk Nation, read: "As Dusty said upon his departure, 'Let the show go on!' And… with respect, we’ll do well to get beyond this and honor his wishes."

The 72-year-old rock icon passed away in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas, the band confirmed on Wednesday.

Hill recently suffered from a hip injury that forced him to drop out of several shows over the past week. However, it is not clear if that is related to his sudden death.

Read our Dusty Hill live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Danielle Cinone

    FLEA PAYS TRIBUTE

    Flea, the bassist and founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, paid tribute to the late Dusty Hill.

     

  • Danielle Cinone

    DUSTY HILL WAS SUBBED OUT AFTER HIP INJURY

    On Friday, the band let fans know about the change to their line-up, explaining that Elwood Francis, their longtime guitar tech, would be filling in for Dusty while he was out with his hip injury.

    The members of ZZ Top, Billy, and Frank, would like to share that Dusty, their fearless Bass player, is on a short detour back to Texas, to address a hip issue,” the statement said.

    “They await a speedy recovery and have him back pronto.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    KATHY VALENTINE CALLS DUSTY HILL 'A TEXAS ICON'

    Kathy Valentine, a member of the Go-Go's, paid tribute to Dusty Hill, calling him "a Texas icon."

     

  • Danielle Cinone

    'LET THE SHOW GO ON'

    In a statement to Eddie Trunk, the host of SiriusXM's Trunk Nation, band member Billy Gibbons said the band will carry on.

    "As Dusty said upon his departure, 'Let the show go on!' And… with respect, we’ll do well to get beyond this and honor his wishes," the statement reportedly read.

  • Danielle Cinone

    KISS SINGER PAUL STANLEY CALLED DUSTY HILL AN ICON

    KISS singer Paul Stanley paid tribute to Dusty Hill as well.

    "I don’t know what to say but 'Thank you' and 'Rest however you damn well choose!'" Stanley tweeted.

     

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHO IS CHARLENE HILL?

    Since 2002, Hill was married to Charleen McCrory.

    McCrory is a former actress who starred in the 1996 film Alien Vows.

    After a decade-long relationship, the two married in Houston, TX.

    McCrory is known for staying out of the spotlight despite her high-profile relationship and not much information is available on her.

  • Danielle Cinone

    DUSTY HILL AND WIFE CHARLENE

    Dusty Hill was photographed with his wife, Charlene "Chuck" Hill, in 2011 at the Texas Medal of Arts Awards ceremony.

    Credit: Getty

     

  • Danielle Cinone

    ZZ TOP INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

    In 2004, Dusty Hill and the other members of ZZ Top were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  • Danielle Cinone

    BAND CONFIRMED HILL'S DEATH IN SOCIAL MEDIA POST

    ZZ Top confirmed that their bassist, Dusty Hill, had died in social media posts on Wednesday.

    The devastating post was signed by Hill's bandmates, Frank and Billy.

    View this post on Instagram

    A post shared by ZZ Top (@zztop)

     

  • Danielle Cinone

    DUSTY WAS A JACK OF ALL MUSICAL TRADES

    Joseph Michael “Dusty” Hill was an American musician, singer, and songwriter.

    As one of the founding members of the band, Dusty was known as a jack of all trades as he played bass guitar, sang backing and lead vocals, and keyboards over the years.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHO ARE DUSTY HILL’S CHILDREN?

    At the time of his death, the legendary bassist was married to his long-time girlfriend, Charleen McCrory.

    Despite McCrory and Hill’s decade-plus long relationship, the two never had children together.

    However, Hill had a daughter, Charity Hill, from a previous relationship before his rock and roll days.

  • Danielle Cinone

    HOW OLD WAS DUSTY HILL?

    The iconic bassist passed away at 72 years old.

    Credit: AP:Associated Press

     

  • Danielle Cinone

    ‘YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED’

    “We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top,'” Gibbons and Beard continued.

    “We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’ You will be missed greatly, amigo.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    DUSTY WAS A JACK OF ALL MUSICAL TRADES

    Joseph Michael “Dusty” Hill was an American musician, singer, and songwriter.

    As one of the band's founding members, Dusty was known as a jack of all trades as he played bass guitar, sang backing and lead vocals, and keyboards over the years.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WWE REMEMBERS DUSTY HILL

    World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) staffers wrote: "WWE is saddened to learn that Dusty Hill of ZZ Top passed away at the age of 72.

    "The Dallas native left an indelible mark on the music industry as the bassist for The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-inducted ZZ Top. Hill and his bandmate Billy Gibbons were fans of WWE, and the iconic, bearded duo hosted the July 20, 2009, episode of Monday Night Raw from Raleigh, North Carolina. The unmistakable bandmates were often found ringside at other WWE events, including Unforgiven 2005.

    "With classic hits such as 'Sharp Dressed Man,' 'Gimme All Your Lovin’' and more, ZZ Top left a legendary legacy across 15 studio albums with over 50 million records sold worldwide.

    "WWE extends its condolences to Hill’s family, friends and fans."

  • Danielle Cinone

    GIBSON PAYS TRIBUTE

    Gibson – an American manufacturer of guitars – also paid tribute to the late Dusty Hill.

  • Katie Balevic

    PHOTOS FROM ZZ TOP CONCERTS CIRCULATE

    A 1971 photo of ZZ Top garnered over 1,000 likes on Twitter after Dusty Hill's death was announced.

  • Katie Balevic

    FLEA PAYS TRIBUTE

    Flea, the bassist and founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, paid tribute to the late Dusty Hill.

  • Katie Balevic

    KATHY VALENTINE CALLS DUSTY HILL 'A TEXAS ICON'

    Kathy Valentine, a member of the Go-Go's, paid tribute to Dusty Hill, calling him "a Texas icon."

  • Katie Balevic

    WHAT WAS DUSTY HILL'S NET WORTH?

    According to Celebrity Net Worth, Hill had an estimated net worth of $60million.

    His extensive worth comes from his career as a musician.

    In the United States alone, ZZ Top has sold over 25 million albums over the years.

    Their best-selling album is Eliminator that was released in March 1983, the album contains five hit singles that the band still performs today.

  • Katie Balevic

    WWE COMMENTATOR PAYS RESPECTS TO HILL

    In a tweet on Wednesday, WWE commentator Jim Ross paid his respects to Dusty Hill.

    "OMG….terrible news….I’ve lost another dear friend," he wrote.

    "Dusty Hill was a fabulous pro wrestling fan…unreal bassist."

  • Katie Balevic

    DUSTY WAS A JACK OF ALL MUSICAL TRADES

    Joseph Michael "Dusty" Hill was an American musician, singer, and songwriter.

    As one of the founding members of the band, Dusty was known as a jack of all trades as he played bass guitar, sang backing and lead vocals, and keyboards over the years.

  • Katie Balevic

    ZZ TOP INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

    In 2004, Dusty Hill and the other members of ZZ Top were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  • Katie Balevic

    DUSTY HILL WAS SUBBED OUT AFTER HIP INJURY

    On Friday, the band let fans know about the change to their line-up, explaining that Elwood Francis, their longtime guitar tech, would be filling in for Dusty while he was out with his hip injury.

    The members of ZZ Top, Billy, and Frank, would like to share that Dusty, their fearless Bass player, is on a short detour back to Texas, to address a hip issue," the statement said.

    "They await a speedy recovery and have him back pronto."

  • Katie Balevic

    WEDNESDAY'S ZZ TOP SHOW CANCELLED

    A show was scheduled for Wednesday night in South Carolina, but it has been cancelled in light of Dusty's death.

    The band has yet to announce the cancelation, but the venue, CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park, shared the news on social media.

    "ZZ Top concert scheduled to take place tonight Wed 7/28 @CCNBAmp #Simpsonville has cancelled," they wrote.

    "Refunds at point of purchase-Tickets purchased at http://LiveNation.com or http://Ticketmaster.com automatically refunded."

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