Keith Richards also posts personal message of condolence…
The Rolling Stones have posted a statement on their website following the news of the death on December 2 of Bobby Keys, their long-serving saxophoninst.
“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 1960s. He will be greatly missed.”
Keith Richards, meanwhile, has paid his own tribute to Keys, posting a hand-written letter on his website.
Richards’ tribute reads:
“I have lost the largest pal in the world and I can’t express the sadness I feel although Bobby would tell me to cheer up.
“My condolenses to all that knew him and his love of music.”
Richards also posted a smaller message reading, “Another good bye to another good friend. I will miss you, Bobby.”
Keys toured with the Rolling Stones for more than 45 years, also playing on studio albums including the band’s storied run from Let It Bleed to Exile On Main Street.
Most recently, Keys played on the Stones; 14 on Fire tour, but in October was forced to pull out of dates in New Zealand and Australia due to poor health. Keys was reportedly battling cirrhosis.
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