Dusty Hill, ZZ Top bassist, dies at 72

(left to right) Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top perform during Super Bowl Live at Root Memorial Square Park in Houston, Texas, on February 4, 2017
(Image credit: Al Pereira/Getty Images)

Dusty Hill, the longtime bassist for Texas blues-rock stalwarts ZZ Top, has died at the age of 72, the band announced today. 

"We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, Texas," the band's surviving members – Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard – wrote on social media. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.