Bernie Marsden Cause of Death: Renowned Guitarist Dies at 72

Last Updated on August 25, 2023, 8:02 pm

Bernie Marsden was a famous guitarist known for his contributions to rock and blues. Marsden died quietly on Thursday night, August 24, 2023, at 72.

Bernie Marsden Died
Bernie Marsden (image via Facebook)

His death’s cause is unknown. Marsden’s death news was released on August 24 through an official Bernie Marsden Facebook page; the post was uploaded on behalf of his family:

“We are sad to inform you of Bernie Marsden’s passing on behalf of his family. On Thursday night, Bernie passed away quietly with his wife Fran and children Charlotte and Olivia by his side.

Bernie never lost his love for music; until the end, he continued to write and record new songs.”

Marsden demise left his loved ones in mourning and grief. Thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and community. His funeral and burial details have not been published.

About Bernie Marden

Marsden was a founding member of the rock group Whitesnake, who rose to fame with songs like “Here I Go Again” and “Fool for Your Loving.” His extraordinary guitar ability and songwriting prowess were crucial to the band’s success.

Leader of Whitesnake, David Coverdale, sent prayers and condolences to his family through a Facebook post:

“Good morning…I just discovered the heartbreaking news that my longtime friend and fellow Snake, Bernie Marsden, had passed away.

My heartfelt condolences to his cherished family, friends, and supporters. He was a genuinely talented and amusing man with whom I had the joy of meeting and performing on stage. RIP, Bernie.”

Marsden also pursued solo endeavors and worked with other musicians, with Richard Bailey on keyboards and Robert Hawthorne on vocals; he later formed Alaska.

From 1979’s ‘And About Time Too!’ through 2022’s Trios, his lengthy discography of solo albums included his most recognizable instrument, a 1959 Gibson Les Paul known as “The Beast.”

He appeared on their first five studio albums, from 1980’s Live-in the Heart of the City through 1982’s Saints & Sinners. Most notably, “Here I Go Again” by Saints & Sinners, written by Marsden and Coverdale and reissued in 1987, became a chart-topping hit.

Marsden’s guitar playing was renowned for its emotional intensity and ability to connect with listeners on a deep level. His songs captured themes of love and grief and served as a monument to life’s events.

Marsden’s influence extended beyond guitar prowess; he was renowned for his personable manner and sincere affinity for his followers.

Along with his artistic accomplishments, he will be remembered for his kindness and zeal. Prayers for him; Rest in Peace Marsden.

Tributes for Bernie Marsden

Social media have been poured with condolences and tributes from renowned singers, artists, friends, and fans. Marden’s death is a big loss for everyone who inspired him. Some of the tributes included on Facebook:

Kris Barras Band wrote on Facebook:

“Really sad to learn of Bernie Marsden’s demise. Over the previous few years, we grew close, and I’ve had the pleasure of jamming on stage with him a few times, a living legend. RIP Bernie.”

Tobby Lee stated:

“Bernie Marsden, my friend and mentor in music, rest in peace. Bernie graciously contributed to two of my CDs, and I had the honor of performing on stage with him.

A real gentleman and a legend of the guitar. I’m sending my love to all of the Bernie and Whitesnake fans worldwide, including Fran, Charlotte, and Olivia.”

Ginger Baker posted:

“Very sad to hear about the demise of the legendary Bernie Marsden, who frequently collaborated with Ginger in his later years. A truly kind man—his family is in our thoughts today! God bless.


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