Afghan Whigs guitarist Dave Rosser passes away

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Dave Rosser, who played guitar for the band Afghan Whigs as well as side projects The Gutter Twins and Twilight Singers and the band My Jerusalem, passed away early Wednesday of colon cancer. Rosser was 50 years old.

“It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend, brother and inspiration,” the band announced on Facebook. “Dave Rosser passed away peacefully last evening surrounded by love. Thank you to all who kept him in their hearts. He is forever in ours.”

News of Rosser battling inoperable colon cancer was announced in October of 2016, after which the Afghan Whigs played benefit shows to help him pay for medical bills. Rosser continued to participate in the band, playing on their new album In Spades, which was released in May.

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Vocalist Jeff Klein of My Jerusalem also posted a statement to Facebook Wednesday morning.

“There are no words to express how much I love you David Rosser,” wrote Klein. “I had the honor of playing music and living with you in multiple bands. I started My Jerusalem as a result of your encouragement. We recorded the whole first album over so many unforgettable days and nights in your apartment together. You, me, Rick, and Cully. Some of my best memories. It sparked a fire I feared I had lost. Having you as a friend is and will be one of the finest accomplishments of my entire life. You are truly a rare treasure. I will carry you with me everywhere I go. Love you infinitely and eternally. Til we meet again.”

Photo via Afghan Whigs Facebook

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