Published Feb 06, 2011Irish guitarist Gary Moore has passed away at the age of 58. A longtime member of Thin Lizzy, Moore had also collaborated with B.B. King, Albert King and '60s Irish blues rock luminaries Skid Row (not to be confused with the American band of the same name), as well as maintaining a busy solo career.
As of press time, Moore's cause of death is unknown but he was found dead in a Spanish hotel room on Sunday (February 6). A message on his official website reads, "It is with deep sorrow and regret, that we have to announce that Gary Moore passed away while on holiday in Spain last night. Our thoughts are with his children, family and friends at this sad time."
Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell, who Moore replaced in the mid-'70s, expressed his shock at the passing, telling the BBC, "I still can't believe it. He was so robust, he wasn't a rock casualty, he was a healthy guy... He was a superb player and a dedicated musician."
Founding Thin Lizzy member Brian Downey added his condolences, saying, "I am in total shock... He will always be in my thoughts and prayers and I just can't believe he is gone."
UPDATE: According to initial post-mortem reports, Moore likely died of a heart attack.