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The Afghan Whigs.
Following a battle with inoperable colon cancer, New Orleans musician and Afghan Whigs guitarist Dave Rosser has died. He was 50.
In a statement on social media
, the band wrote, "It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend, brother and inspiration. Dave Rosser passed away peacefully last evening surrounded by love. Thank you to all who kept him in their hearts. He is forever in ours."
Rosser lived in New Orleans for more than two decades and performed with his band The Get Busy and with fellow New Orleans resident and Afghan Whigs member Greg Dulli with their Gutter Twins and the Twilight Singers. Rosser joined the Afghan Whigs in 2014 following Do the Beast
, the band's first album in 16 years, released on Sub Pop Records. Rosser also appears on the band's well-received 2017 Sub Pop album In Spades.
Last year, the band performed its seminal 1996 album Black Love
at several concerts to support Rosser
. In a statement announcing the shows, Dulli wrote, "Dave Rosser has been my close friend and bandmate for over a decade now. By doing these shows for him we hope to ease any financial stress he may face as he pursues treatment to combat his illness. [100 percent] of the proceeds for these shows will go to his medical care. I’m hopeful that folks will come out and show their support for Dave who will be performing with us.”
Rosser spoke with Guitar World
last month and gave an update on his prognosis after six months of chemotherapy. "I’m feeling pretty good and my spirits are good," he said. "I record a lot at the house and have been making a lot of music with friends. I’m staying busy and have purpose."