Dave Clark Five bassist Rick Huxley died on Feb. 11, 2013. His unexpected death was announced by band leader, Dave Clark who is devastated by his passing.
"I spoke to him on Friday and he was in great spirits," Clark told Reuters. "He went through a recent doctor's check and had a good, clean bill of health. This came totally out of the blue, and I'm just devastated."
Reuters reports that the bassist for the 1960s British Invasion pop-rock group died at home in the English countryside.
The Dave Clark Five had five many number one hits over the course of a decade from 1960 to 1970.
Their smash hit "Glad All Over" knocked the Beatles' song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" out of the number one spot on the 1964 UK chart.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
According to Clark, the cause of Rick Huxley's death was not immediately known. He states that the bassist was "sprightly and in good shape" even though he was suffering from emphysema for several years.
"He always made me smile and I'll miss that immensely ... He was never arrogant and flashy. He was a gentleman and very low key. He was a very, very talented musician and a great friend." - Dave Clark
Rick Huxley is survived by two sons and a daughter.