Longtime keyboardist for Fleetwood Mac dead at 70

Brett Tuggle, who put the exclamation point on an outstanding musical career as the longtime keyboardist for Fleetwood Mac, died Sunday at the age of 70.

His death was the result of complications related to cancer, several news outlets reported.

Tuggle performed with, among others, Rick Springfield, David Lee Roth, Brian Wilson, Tomy Shaw and Chris Isaak in addition to his long relationship with Fleetwood Mac.

“He was loved by his family so much,” his son Matt told Rolling Stone in a statement. “His family was with him throughout the entire time of his illness. He was a lovely father. He gave me music in my life. ”

Born in Denver, he gravitated to music at the age of 6 when his mother brought home a piano, a Yahoo! News story noted. He learned to play the guitar by himself and could read music and play chords by ear, the story said.

He began making a name for himself in 1981 when he started working with John Kay & Steppenwolf, and eventually began touring with Springfield, which led to his association with Roth.

Tuggle wrote “Just Like Paradise” for Roth; that song reached the top 10 in the United States and Canada in 1988.

Mick Fleetwood scouted him to play with his side project Zoo in 1992; five years later Tuggle began a stint with Fleetwood Mac that would last until 2017.

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