Guitar pioneer Allan Holdsworth passed away on April 16. However, the cause of death remains unknown.
The unfortunate news was first reported on Facebook by his daughter in a statement:
“It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously. Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori.”
Holdsworth had stints with Nucleus and Tempest, Soft Machine, Tony Williams’ Lifetime, Gong, Jean-Luc Ponty and Bill Bruford. He was known as a big influence from Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson and John Petrucci and Mahavishnu Orchestra guitarist John McLaughlin.
by Helen Yee | @HelenYeeSports