Mountain singer Leslie West has died aged 75
Mountain frontman Leslie West has sadly dies at the age of 75, it has been confirmed.
The musician’s death was confirmed shortly after his brother, Larry West Weinstein, revealed his health was in serious decline.
Weinstein wrote in a Facebook post: ‘I am asking for all your prayers. [West’s wife] Jenni is by his side in Florida but it’s not looking good.
‘Thanks Jenni, he wouldn’t have made it this far without you. His heart gave out and he’s on a ventilator. May not make it through the night.’
West’s death was then announced by The Dean Guitars Company, who said: ‘With a heavy heart, we are saddened to hear about the passing of Dean Artist and part of the Dean family, Leslie West.
‘Legendary and one of a kind. Rest In Peace.’
An exact cause of death is yet to be revealed.
West’s brother says his ‘heart gave out’
Tributes have since poured in for the musician, with Twisted Sister songwriter Dee Snider tweeting: ‘The final hours on this earth for the amazing Leslie West of Mountain. His voice and guitar will be silenced but his music will live forever.
‘I am heartbroken. Prayers for him and his amazing wife, his rock, Jenni who is with him now.’
Honouring West’s musical achievements, Dee continued: ‘Leslie West and Mountain are one of the founding fathers of heavy metal. His explosive, powerful guitar playing and seering solos helped define the genre.
‘Attending guitarists gatherings with Leslie I saw ALL guitarists bow down before him (yes even @eddievanhalen). And his influence on HIP HOP (You heard me!) is undeniable.’
She added: ‘His song Long Read has been sampled on over 750 hip hop tracks including Jay-Z 99 Problems. What an incredible force @lwestmountain was! He’s still with us, but leaving very soon. Love and prayers for you my friend.’
Evan Rubinson, CEO of The Dean Guitars Company, said: ‘To a man that I truly loved more than most — the funniest, most honest guy I’ve met.’
Mountain formed in 1969 and consisted of West, bassist Felix Pappalardi, keyboardist Steve Knight and drummer N. D. Smart.
Their debut album, entitled Climbing!, was released in 1970, and features their most notable single Mississippi Queen.