Legendary Bay Area Rocker Dies

Fiery rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose dies at 64.

By Rebecca Baron
|  Monday, Mar 5, 2012  |  Updated 1:09 PM PDT
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Legendary Bay Area Rocker Dies

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Musician Ronnie Montrose dies at 64.

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Bay area born rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who formed a band named after himself, and performed with some of rock's biggest stars, has died.

His booking agent, Jim Douglas, says Montrose died Saturday at his home in Millbrae. He was 64.

According to SF Gate, the cause was complications from prostate cancer.

In addition to forming his own band in 1973, the fiery guitarist performed with a number of rockers, including Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs and the Edgar Winter Group.

Douglas says Montrose was working on a DVD and planning a cross country tour.

Montrose is survived by his wife, as well as a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.

No memorial plans have been announced.

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