Gary Moore, Irish guitar hero of the band Thin Lizzy, found dead in a Spanish hotel room

The guitar world is in mourning today as the news of Gary Moore’s death travels around the globe. The Irish musician—best known for his work with Thin Lizzy and his solo career as a hard rocker-turned-bluesman—passed away early this morning in his room at the luxury Kempinski Resort Hotel in Estepona, Spain. Cause of death is not known at this time.

“It is with deep sorrow and regret, that we have to announce that Gary Moore passed away while on holiday in Spain last night,” reads a statement on his official website. “Our thoughts are with his children, family and friends at this sad time.”

Moore first joined Thin Lizzy in ’73 after the sudden departure of original guitarist Eric Bell, but only stayed in the lineup for a brief time before the “classic” Lizzy guitar team of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson was formed. Moore returned to the band to play on the 1979 Black Rose: A Rock Legend album, cowriting the beautiful ballad “Sarah” and the epic title track with frontman Phil Lynott, who died 25 years ago as a result of extensive drug and alcohol abuse.

Found on The Georgia Straight.