Guitarist loses six-month battle with liver cancer
The Walker Brothers guitarist John Walker has died at the age of 67.
The founding member of the group who were best known for their 1966 UK chart-topper ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” passed away on Saturday (May 7) after a six-month battle with liver cancer.
A statement on Walker‘s official website Johnwalkerinternational.com confirmed that he passed away in his LA home at the weekend.
“He was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, friend, and artiste,” it added.
John Walker, whose real name was John Maus, formed the US band in 1964 with fellow members Scott Engel and Gary Leeds and adopted the name The Walker Brothers.
“It’s a very sad day for John‘s family, myself and all of our many fans,” a statement on Gary Walker‘s website Gary-Walker.net added.
“John was the founder member of the group and lead singer in the early days. He was also a fantastic guitarist which a lot of people didn’t realise. He was a compassionate song-writer and a gentleman with lots of style.
“His music will live on, and therefore so will John. T-birds and Bentleys.”