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ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill dead at 72

Dusty Hill
FILE – In this April 25, 2015 file photo, Dusty Hill of ZZ Top performs during the 2015 Stagecoach Festival at the EmpireClub in Indio, Calif. ZZ Top is postponing several dates on their tour after bass player Dusty Hill fractured his shoulder before a show last week in Texas. The rock band said in a statement on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that concert dates through May 7 have been postponed as he recovers from his injury. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)

Born Joseph Michael “Dusty” Hill was an American musician, singer, and songwriter, best known as the bassist and secondary lead vocalist of the American rock group ZZ Top; he also played keyboards with the band.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of ZZ Top, in 2004.

Hill had taken a leave of absence from the band due to a hip issue just days earlier.

The band was scheduled to play Wednesday night at the CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park in Simpsonville, South Carolina. But a venue manager confirmed to NBC News on Wednesday afternoon that the show has been canceled.

“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at his home in Houston, TX,” according to a statement posted on the groups social media feeds.