Tributes are pouring in for a member of the world-famous rock band the Rolling Stones to died this afternoon.
Saxophonist Bobby Keys, who had a long career in the music industry had been known the Rolling Stones for five years, when he was recruited to play on their 1969 album “Let It Bleed.”
He remained a key member of the band until 1974 and played with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on their 1980 Emotional Rescue project.
In recent months, the 70-year-old Texan had been fighting liver cirrhosis and the disease forced him to cancel plans to join the Stones on the Australian and New Zealand legs of their tour in October earlier this year.
Bobby began his career performing with Buddy Holly and also played with John Lennon, George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Stones bandmands paid tribute to their friend on Twitter, writing: “The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys.”
“Bobby made a unique musical contribution to the band since the 1960’s. He will be greatly missed.”