The music industry mourns today as we learn about the passing of bass guitarist Bob Birch, who was well-known for being one of the main forces who helped drive Elton John's music into stardom.
Apart from mainly supplying his unique bass sounds for the Elton John band, Birch also provided his talents for other well-known musicians, such as: Billy Joel, Lionel Ritchie, Melissa Etheridge, Joss Stone, Dolly Parton, and Barry Manilow.
Birch's musical talents can be heard on the 1997 version of the classic Elton John ballad "Candle In The Wind." The song that Elton John rededicated to Lady Diana.
According to TMZ, Bob Birch unfortunately committed suicide at the age of 56. Law enforcement officials reported that Birch was found dead around the corner from his home with a self-inflected gunshot wound to the head.
Various fans of Birch's musical talents have left their respects via Twitter.
"I am devastated and shocked at the loss of my friend and fellow musician, Bob Birch. My heart goes out to Bob's... http://t.co/r0KrJtFB
I'm terribly saddened about the death of Bob Birch. He was a great musician & a true gentleman. Sending love & respect to his family & Elton
Today is a sad day in the musical world, my personal world, & on my street. RIP Bob Birch. You will be missed dearly. Such a great talent?
Deepest Sympathies to Elton John and Michele Birch at the death of Bassit,Bob Birch! R.I.P.
I can't believe that Bob Birch is dead. The Elton John band just won't be the same.
Sad to hear of the passing Bob Birch. His bass playing was amazing. RIP bass brother.