Alvin Lee the legendary guitarist has died unexpectedly at the age of 68 in Spain following a routine surgery. MSN reported on Wednesday, March 6, that Lee's sudden death was confirmed by his family today on his official website.
Alvin Lee is best known for his iconic performances with hit bands including Ten Years After, Sly & the Family Stone, Santana, and The Who to name a few.
Amazing all who knew him with his musical skills, no one had ever seen a guitar played that fast, even if Lee felt later in life that he got pigeonholed as a blazing fast guitarist.
Alvin Lee's death has left family, friends and fans shocked today, with the family posting the following official announcement;
"With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure. We have lost a wonderful, much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.
-- Jasmin, Evi and Suzanne
Two of Lee's former band mates in Ten Years After released statements to Billboard following the news on Wednesday.
"We are all stunned. All of us," drummer Ric Lee, no relation, said. "I don't think its even sunk in yet as to the reality of his passing. We are all thinking of his family and friends today, and offer our own condolences."
Bassist Leo Lyons called Lee the "closest thing I had to a brother" and said he was in shock upon hearing of the guitarist's death.
"We had our differences, but we shared so many great experiences together that nothing can take away," Lyons said. "I will miss him very much He was an inspiration for a generation of guitar players."
Alvin Lee's most recent album, Still on the Road to Freedom, was released in September 2012.