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Dusty Hill, the bassist for the iconic rock band ZZ Top, has died just days after he took a leave of absence because of a hip issue, the group said Wednesday. He was 72. “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX,” said a statement posted to the group’s social media feeds. “We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’ You will be missed greatly, amigo.” The message was signed by the group’s other members, drummer Frank Beard and guitarist Billy Gibbons. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, “Today we lost a great friend and a remarkable Texan.” The band had been scheduled to play Wednesday night at the CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park in Simpsonville, South Carolina. A venue manager confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the show had been canceled. The group announced Friday that Hill, its “fearless” bass player, was “on a short detour back to Texas, to address a hip issue.”

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