AC/DC bassist loses cancer battle

AC/DC in concert. Photo/Herald
AC/DC in concert. Photo/Herald

Australian bass player Neil Smith, a one-time member of AC/DC and Rose Tattoo, has lost his battle with cancer.

A statement on Smith's Facebook page has confirmed that he passed away early Sunday morning.

"Neil Smith passed away in the early hours of the morning, Sunday the 7th of April 2013. He was sleeping peacefully and surrounded by family," the statement said.

"Neil is now in peace and is no longer battling with cancer.

"There is not a person out there who has met him and not felt like their lives were better for the experience. He was a loving and devoted father, a loyal friend and all round generous person. He was larger than life, and his passing will be felt.

"Thanks to all his friends for their support and love, especially during the final stages of his life," the statement added.

Neil was a member of the AC/DC rhythm section in 1974. Rob Bailey then Mark Evans replaced him before Cliff Williams took over the role permanently. Williams has remained as the AC/DC bass player ever since.

Footage from Smith's last gig with Rose Tattoo at Parramatta Goal in 1979 can be seen on YouTube.

- AAP

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