On Saturday March 3, guitarist Ronnie Montrose died at the age of 64. He’d battled prostate cancer for a few years, and it was generally assumed to be the cause of his death. His family didn’t release any further details. The coroner’s report has just been made public and it reveals that Montrose died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
His family has posted this message on his website:
“By now, the devastating truth of Ronnie’s death is public knowledge. We hope you can understand why we wanted to keep this news a private family matter for as long as possible. We can only hope that you will choose to celebrate Ronnie’s life, and what his music meant to you, rather than mourn his passing. Ronnie would have wanted it that way. He loved being a guitarist, a composer, a producer, and a creator of magic. He fully understood his gifts, and yet he constantly pushed himself to evolve, improve, and make better music. He did this for himself, and he did this for you, because he adored and appreciated his fans. Please keep his energy, his joy, and his love in your hearts.
“Please note that there will be no more statements from the Montrose family at this time. We ask that you respect the family’s privacy.”