Dusty Hill Dead: ZZ Top Bassist Dies at 72

Dusty Hill, the bassist and co-founder of the American rock band ZZ Top, died this Wednesday in Houston at the age of 72.

Hill's passing was confirmed on his Facebook page by Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, his fellow musical companions on ZZ Top for more than half a century. "We are heartbroken to learn that our 'compadre'. Dusty Hill, passed away at home while asleep," they said.

On July 23, ZZ Top announced that DustyHill will miss certain shows due to hip difficulties, and detailed that the bassist in his place would be Elwood Francis.

The cause of Hill's death is unknown at this time, and it's unclear whether it was related to the hip pain.

Joseph Michael "Dusty" Hill (May 19, 1949 – July 28, 2021) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter best known for being the bassist and secondary lead vocalist of the American rock band ZZ Top, as well as playing keyboards. As a member of ZZ Top, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Hill was born in the Texas city of Dallas. He and his brother Rocky Hill (also a musician) grew up in East Dallas' Lakewood neighborhood. He attended Dallas' Woodrow Wilson High School, where he played the cello.

R.I.P Dusty Hill