Jim Rodford, who rose to fame as the bassist for The Kinks, Argent and The Zombies, has died following a tragic fall at his home in the U.K.
No further details were immediately available.
The 76 year old had just returned from a short tour in the U.S. with The Zombies when the accident happened.
Zombies singer Rod Argent, Rodford’s cousin, released the following statement “It is with deep sadness that I learned this morning that my dear cousin and lifelong friend, Jim Rodford, died this morning after a fall on the stairs.”
Rodford, who was working on his autobiography when he died, leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Jean, along with three generations of Rodfords.
Founding Kinks member Dave Davies took to twitter paying tribute to Rodford “I’m devastated Jim’s sudden loss I’m too broken up to put words together it’s such a shock i always thought Jim would live forever in true rock and roll fashion – strange – great friend great musician great man – he was an integral part of the Kinks later years RIP #JimRodford pic.twitter.com/rL5vAuuVwp
Rodford, who spent 18 years with The Kinks from 1979, also played with Argent, a band he helped form, contributing to legendary classic rock tracks Hold Your Head Up and God Gave Rock and Roll To You.
Sources: BBC/Team Rock/The Guardian