Rock and roll fans are currently in mourning after the death of the legendary Nokie Edwards. Edwards, best-known for being the lead guitarist of The Ventures, died Monday, March 12th at 82 years old, reported the Rolling Stone.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 following their successful musical years in the 1960s that led to “lasting international fame and influence,” noted Rock Hall. During their music career, the band released 37 albums and had several hit songs including “Walk Don’t Run.”
According to the band’s official website, Edwards died after battling an infection. The infection reportedly occurred after the guitarist had hip surgery last December.
“The Ventures family feels this loss very deeply: Nokie has been part of the Ventures’ history for almost 6 decades and helped to shape the early Ventures’ sound and the success of their career,” the band said in a statement. “He was an innovator and one of the greats on guitar, so much so that he influenced many young players over the course of his career...Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nokie’s wife, Judy, and all family members, friends and fans. His music will live on.”
Governor Mike Huckabee was one of several people who honored Edwards on social media.
In remembrance of Edwards, listen to “Walk Don’t Run” by The Ventures below:
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In other news, a famous English comedian and game show host also passed away recently.