ZZ Top’s bearded bassist Dusty Hill dies in Texas at age 72

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HOUSTON, Texas -- ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, 1 of the Texas blues trio's bearded figures, his died astatine the property of 72.

ABC affiliate KTRK reported that Hill died successful his slumber Wednesday astatine his location successful Houston.

A origin of decease wasn't given, but a July 21 station connected the band's website said Hill was “on a abbreviated detour backmost to Texas, to code a hep issue.”

At that time, the set said its longtime guitar tech, Elwood Francis, would capable successful connected bass, descent guitar and harmonica. ZZ Top is scheduled to execute successful El Paso astatine the Abraham Chavez Theater successful December.

Born Joe Michael Hill successful Dallas connected May 19, 1949, he, on with guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard, formed ZZ Top successful Houston successful the precocious 1960s.

"We, on with legions of ZZ Top fans astir the world, volition miss your steadfast presence, your bully quality and enduring committedness to providing that monumental bottommost to the 'Top'. We volition everlastingly beryllium connected to that 'Blues Shuffle successful C,'" said a station published Wednesday connected the band's Instagram page.

Hill was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame successful 2004 arsenic a subordinate of ZZ Top.

Hill and his ZZ Top bandmates recorded astir 20 albums, including 4 unrecorded recordings that produced 2 apical 10 singles, including 1984's "Legs" and "Sleeping Bag" from the medium "Eliminator."

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