Influential progressive rock and jazz fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth passed away over the weekend at the age of 70 from unknown causes. He inspired many renowned artists including Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, and Eddie Van Halen. The legend performed with prog band ‘Igginbottom followed by Nucleus, Tempest, Soft Machine, Gong, U.K., Jean-Luc Ponty, Bill Bruford and more. However, his solo career is what made him prominently known.
The news broke out by his daughter Louise on her Facebook page:
“It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously.
Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori”
A handful of artists reacted to his passing including Tool, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Steve Vai.
Bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs) shared Holdsworth’s Gofundme page that was created over the weekend to help pay for his Funeral expenses.
The page raised over $50,000 within sixteen hours and exceeded its goal by over $30,000.
Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.