Former Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore has died aged 58.
The blues rock musician from Belfast, Ireland, was found dead in his hotel room in Costa del Sol, Spain. He was thought to be on holiday.
He was taken from his suite in luxury Kempinski Resort Hotel in Estepona in the early hours of this morning, the Irish Times reports. A postmortem is due to be carried out later today in the nearby city of Malaga.
Adam Parsons, who manages Thin Lizzy, told the BBC that Mr Moore had died in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A spokesman for the British Foreign Office said: “We are aware of the death of a British national in Estepona. We stand ready to offer consular assistance.”
Moore was a pioneer in his field and worked with many prominent contemporaries, including Bob Dylan. He had a string of top 40 hits in the 1970s and 1980s.
Moore learnt to play the guitar at the age of 14 and was heavily inspired by artists such as Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles.
He was originally drafted into Thin Lizzy by its lead singer Phil Lynott, who died in 1986 after falling into a heroin-induced coma. However, he later gained acclaim for his solo work and was a former member of Irish group Skid Row.
He released his first solo album, Grinding Stone, in 1973. In 1978 his solo career continued with the help of Lynott. The combination of Moore’s blues-based guitar and Lynott’s voice produced the famous Parisienne Walkways, which reached the Top Ten in the charts in 1979, and the Thin Lizzy album Black Rose: a Rock Legend, which reached number two in the UK album chart.
In 2002, he formed the band Scars, which released an eponymous album that year. The band featured Moore on guitar and providing vocals, Cass Lewis of Skunk Anansie on base guitar and providing backing vocals and Darrin Mooney of Primal Scream on drums.
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