Ronnie Montrose, founder of Montrose and Gamma, passed away on March 3. His success was marginal but his influence was huge. Ronnie was part of an ever-shrinking group of people who seemed larger than life. He will be missed.
A message on his official website (which reads more like death-by-suicide than death-by-cancer) says:
A few months ago, we held a surprise party for Ronnie Montrose’s 64th birthday. He gave an impromptu speech, and told us that after a long life, filled with joy and hardship, he didn’t take any of our love for granted.
He passed today. He’d battled cancer, and staved off old age for long enough. And true to form, he chose his own exit the way he chose his own life. We miss him already, but we’re glad to have shared with him while we could.
Side note: MTV posted this about an hour ago. Really MTV? Ronnie Montrose was born in Denver. God, how do you screw that up?
Update: Yeah, I blew this. He was born in San Francisco and moved to Denver early in life. Thanks Julia!