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Former Black Crowes Keyboardist Eddie Harsch Dies


Eddie Harsch, a former keyboardist with the Black Crowes, has died. He was 59 years old. No cause of death was given.

Harsch, who was born in Toronto, played with the Black Crowes from 1991 through 2006, performing on such albums as 1992’s The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (their only No. 1 LP), 1994’s Amorica (which hit No. 11) and 1996’s Three Snakes and One Charm (which reached No. 15).

During one of the Black Crowes’ breaks, he played in the Detroit-based jam band Bulldog. Most recently, he was the keyboardist in the Magpie Salute, the band formed by ex-Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson that also includes guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien, other past members of the Crowes.

“It is with the saddest of hearts that we bid farewell to our dear friend Eddie Harsch,” Robinson says in a statement. “Eddie was a brilliant musician, with a beautiful heart. We should remember Eddie for his music, his great sense of humor and his positive outlook on life. We ask that everyone please respect the privacy of Eddie’s family at this time. Let’s honor him by celebrating his musical contributions to the world, and by sending positive thoughts and prayers to him and his family. Our hearts will forever remain with our musical brother.”

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