Bassist Neil Smith, a one-time member of AC/DC and Rose Tattoo passed away early this morning, according to a message posted on his Facebook page. The bassist had been battling cancer.
“Neil Smith passed away in the early hours of the morning, Sunday the 7th of April 2013. He was sleeping peacefully and surrounded by family.
“Neil is now in peace and is no longer battling with cancer.
“There is not a person out there who has met him and not felt like their lives were better for the experience. He was a loving and devoted father, a loyal friend and all round generous person.
“He was larger than life, and his passing will be felt.
“Thanks to all his friends for their support and love, especially during the final stages of his life.”
Smith played with AC/DC in 1974 before Rob Bailey joined the band.
Here’s a clip of Rose Tattoo performing in 1979:
Our thoughts are with Neil’s family and friends.