REO Speedwagon announced on their Facebook page Sunday (Spetember 13rd) guitarist Gary Richrath has died at the age of 65.
Band member Kevin Cronin posted:
“My longtime friend and collaborator Gary Richrath passed away earlier today. I feel so sad. Gary was both a unique guitarist and songwriter, and the embodiment of the tough guy with a heart of gold. I learned most of what I know about being in a rock band from Gary Richrath. The entire REO Family mourns his death and shares in the grief of his family, friends, and fans. These words do not come close to expressing the depth of emotions I am feeling at this time.”
Included in the post was a photo of the two which he said, “has been on my music room table for as long as I can remember, and will stay there.”
Hi friends, kc here. My longtime friend and collaborator Gary Richrath passed away earlier today. I feel so sad… pic.twitter.com/ZFTSsV6W7h
— REO Speedwagon (@kcreospeedwagon) September 14, 2015
Richrath joined the group in 1970 and wrote “Take It On The Run,” “Ridin’ the Storm Out” and “Find My Fortune,” just to name a few.
He left the group in 1989.