Famed Bassist Rob Wasserman 1952 – 2016
Rob Wasserman, Grammy Award winning upright bass player and co-founder of the band Ratdog, has died, according to an announcement on Facebook by Grateful Dead guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir.
Weir’s post said the following: "I'm devastated to pass along that Rob Wasserman lost his struggle today, and we have lost a beautiful friend and artist. I can still hear the sound of his bow playing those strings unamplified and pure. It's one of the most glorious sounds I've ever heard, and the music and warmth he gave us will live on in the hearts of everyone he touched." A cause of death was not immediately known. The announcement came just hours after Weir posted that Wasserman had been hospitalized, asking for strength and support. Weir co-founded the band RatDog with Wasserman in 1995. The band mostly played Grateful Dead songs and cover songs by artists such as Bob Dylan.
One of the world's most beautiful friends and artists has left us. May Rob's warmth and music live in your hearts as it always has in mine.— Bob Weir (@BobWeir) June 29, 2016
Rob & Bob perform “Victim Or The Crime” in 1989: