NEW YORK (AP) – Gary Richrath, a former guitarist for the classic rock band REO Speedwagon who also co-wrote the group’s hit song “Take It on the Run,” died Sunday, according to a publicist for the band. He was 65.
Erik Stein confirmed on Monday that Richrath passed away but offered no details about the cause of death.
Richrath was a member of the band when it released its self-titled debut in 1971. He was with REO Speedwagon until 1989.
Hi friends, kc here. My longtime friend and collaborator Gary Richrath passed away earlier today. I feel so sad… pic.twitter.com/ZFTSsV6W7h
— REO Speedwagon (@kcreospeedwagon) September 14, 2015
He co-wrote some of the band’s songs, including “Take It on the Run,” which became a Top 5 pop hit on the Billboard charts.
Richrath last played with REO Speedwagon in 2013, when the band performed a benefit concert in Bloomington, Illinois, to raise money for tornado victims.
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