We are saddened to report original Riot guitarist Lou “L.A.” Kouvaris has passed away. He was 66 years old. The news arrived over the weekend as the band confirmed his death on social media with the following statement:
“Lou (LA) Kouvaris (RIP)
RIOT has lost another brother. Lou played on the very 1st Riot record “Rock City” and performed with the current lineup many times as we are Family. We are saddened by his passing and continue in his and the Riot family honor!
Rest in Power Lou! Now start working on music with Guy Mark and Rhett! Shine on Warrior!”
No official cause of death has been revealed at this time. However, according to Blabbermouth, Riot’s manager Giles Lavery said Lou developed symptoms of COVID-19 over a week ago.
Kouvaris was the group’s rhythm guitarist from 1975-1978 and was part of their debut record Rock City. Despite his departure from the band, he received writing credits on their sophomore effort, 1979’s Narita, and has made a few guest appearances over the years.
We send our condolences to Kouvaris family and friends during this difficult time.