Ronnie Montrose, rock guitarist and Colorado native, dies at 64
SAN FRANCISCO — Rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, a Colorado native who formed the band that bore his name and performed with some of rock's heavy hitters, has died.
His booking agent, Jim Douglas, said Montrose died Saturday at his home in Millbrae, Calif. He was 64.
Douglas said Montrose, who was born in Denver in 1947, had been in declining health for some time, battling prostate cancer and what Douglas termed "personal demons."
In addition to forming his own band in 1973, Montrose performed with a number of rockers, including Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs and the Edgar Winter Group.
Douglas said Montrose was working on releasing a DVD and starting a tour that would have taken him across the U.S.
Montrose is survived by his wife, Leighsa, as well as his son, his daughter and five grandchildren.
May not have been my first tapes but remember Montrose & Edgar Winter group and one of my first tapes,