Bernie Marsden / Iconic Guitarist and Whitesnake Legend Dies

The family of Bernie Marsden have issued a statement saying the British rock guitarist and songwriter died yesterday. Marsden was best known for his association with the iconic rock band Whitesnake, where he played a crucial role in shaping the band’s sound during its early years.

“On behalf of his family, it is with deep sadness we announce the death of Bernie Marsden,” the statement read. “Bernie died peacefully on Thursday evening with his wife, Fran, and daughters, Charlotte and Olivia, by his side.

“Bernie never lost his passion for music, writing and recording new songs until the end.”

Bernie Marsden. Photo: Chris Griffiths
Bernie Marsden. Photo: Chris Griffiths

Marsden co-wrote some of Whitesnake’s most notable songs, including Here I Go Again and Fool For Your Loving. His blues-influenced guitar-playing style and songwriting contributions were instrumental in establishing Whitesnake’s distinctive musical identity.

Prior to his time with Whitesnake, Marsden was a member of the band UFO and also pursued a solo career. His contributions to rock music, particularly within the hard rock and blues genres, have solidified his legacy as a respected guitarist and songwriter.

More details to follow.

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