The veteran guitarist passed away aged 71.
Alice Cooper’s former guitarist Dick Wagner has died.
He’d been ill for some time and died on July 30th after being admitted to hospital with respiratory failure. He also underwent a cardiac procedure two weeks prior.
The Michigan born musician first played with Alice Cooper on his 1972 album 'School’s Out' and also performed with Lou Reed and many others.
Wagner was still in touch with Alice, and shared the below photograph of the two together on his Facebook page just a few weeks ago.
A statement on his official website reads:
"It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow we have to let you know that Dick Wagner has left this world. Dick had a huge heart, which is perhaps why it gave him so much trouble, it was simply too full of love, of music and life. His creativity and passion will live on forever in the legacy he has left for us, in his music and his words. We have so much of him to celebrate. Dick was prolific not only in the tangible realm of what we can see and hear but in the boundless energy of his spirit, which will never die. He was a fighter, but in the end his body couldn’t keep up with his spirit, and so he lays to rest. Dick said in 2013, “Love is in the air. Breathe deep.” Take Dick’s advice into your own hearts, and notice all of the beauty in the world, even when it seems cruel and unfair.
Desert Dreams Records & the Family of Dick Wagner"