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

The US Sun
The US Sun
 2021-07-28

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...

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

HOW OLD WAS DUSTY HILL?

The iconic bassist passed away at 72 years old.

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‘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.”

BANDMATES' STATEMENT ON DUSTY HILL'S PASSING

"We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX," bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard wrote in a statement.

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Singer-songwriters Dusty Hill (left) and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top perform in concert in 2019 Credit: Getty Images

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.

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."

GIBSON PAYS TRIBUTE

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

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.

FLEA PAYS TRIBUTE

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

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."

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.

  • 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."
  • 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.

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.

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."

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."

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.

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.

  • WHEN DID DUSTY HILL HAVE A HIP INJURY?
  • On July 23, 2021, the band had announced on Facebook that Hill was "on a short detour back to Texas, to address a hip issue," while on tour with his band.
  • It is unknown if this is related to his cause of death.

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Collin Wilson
07-29

first alblum I heard my brothers fandango back in 72 saw them life in 2009 great band great videos .another great artist gone to that great gig in the sky peace brother ,you'll not be fogotten.

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Walter Johnson Jr
07-29

I LOVE ❤ me some ZZ TOP, Dusty Hill you will be greatly missed. Appreciate everything that you did and I will continue to listen to ZZ TOP FOREVER 😢

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Lori Mendenhall
07-29

rest in peace sharp dressed man miss u yr best fly to angels in stairway to heaven .playing guitsr up.there ..always lmn texas strong p

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