ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons has actually opened up around former bandmate Dusty Hill’s wellness struggles before his death earlier this week.

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News that the bassist’s pass was evidenced on Wednesday (July 28) by the group’s longtime rep, who stated that Hill passed away at house in his sleep. No reason of fatality has however been revealed.

“We are saddened by the news today that ours Compadre, Dusty Hill, has actually passed away in his sleep at house in Houston, TX,” staying ZZ optimal members Gibbons and also Frank Beard said in a statement.

“We, along with legions the ZZ peak fans roughly the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your an excellent nature and also enduring appointment to giving that significant bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be linked to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’”

They added: “You will be missed greatly, amigo.”

On Thursday (July 29), ZZ peak announced that the tour they just recently began would resume top top Friday (July 30) after ~ a brief postponement, through Elwood Francis, your guitar technology of 30 years, pour it until it is full in.

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ZZ Top. CREDIT: rick Kern/WireImage

Now, speaking in a brand-new interview, frontman Gibbons has recalled Hill’s wellness struggles and also the minute he request to action off the current tour.

“He asked for dismissing himself,” Gibbons told Variety. “He said, ‘Yeah, permit me go inspect this out.’ and of course ns said, ‘Hey, man, health and wellness is number one. Go carry out your thing.’ and also I might tell v those first two valiant attempts, if he’s not offering it 110 every cent, he to be the first one to type of say, ‘Gee whiz. Let’s walk take care of this."”

Speaking on Hill’s health, Gibbons said: “It’s no secret that over the past few years he had actually a pretty rough go with a damaged shoulder, followed with a broken hip. And also he had some problems with part ulcers. So he’s been kind of tiptoeing through maintaining himself ship-shape, best he could. However I think that this was a actual challenge. And by throwing in the towel, that might’ve recorded up through him. Who knows? I’m just glad he’s in a good spot.”

Asked around how he’s been since news that Hill’s death, Gibbons answered:”Passing v the grieving process, I have the right to tell girlfriend it’s no less than anyone else the loses a great friend or a nearby associate. And at the same time, discovering that this came up so suddenly — going come bed and not waking up… the was the happy of the draw. He was in, and also he was out.”

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Dusty Hill that ZZ Top. CREDIT: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

While there’s to be no main word ~ above Hill’s reason of death, it has been revealed that the bassist died in his sleep, i beg your pardon Gibbons claimed is every they can determine at this point.

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“Let’s challenge it, friend don’t necessarily happen away native a damaged shoulder or broken hip,” the said. “Although the attending medical professional had previously warned him that bursitis was no uncommon, also arthritis, and also they stated it’s no a an extremely comfortable place to be. And also I might tell the he was relocating a small slow. He said, ‘Boy, this shoulder and also hip room really starting to come to be a problem.’ But, as of this juncture, yeah, it was off to dreamland and beyond.”

Since news the his death broke, a number of people have actually taken to social media to salary tribute come Hill.

Paul Stanley the KISS wrote: WOW! Dusty Hill. What one icon.
ZZTop’s bassist forever. Therefore unique. Constantly a gentleman indigenous the work of united state opening because that them v the current days of them opened for us. I don’t know what come say yet ‘Thank you’ and also ‘Rest but you damn fine choose!’”

Ozzy Osbourne said: “Rest In tranquility #DustyHill of
BillyfGibbons and open minded Beard and all the #ZZTop fans about the world.”

Texas governor Gregg Abbott added: “Today we lost a an excellent friend and also a exceptional Texan. ZZ Top’s Bassist Dusty Hill Dead at 72 truly a music legend.”