Andy Fraser of Free Dead At 62

Andy Fraser, the bass player of classic rock band Free, has died at the age of 62.
By Jon D'Auria ,

Andy Fraser, the bass player for Free has died at the age of 62.

Fraser had been battling both cancer and AIDS and passed away at his home in California yesterday (March 16).

Read a recent feature story on Andy in Bass Player: HERE

Fraser was a member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers before co-founding Free with Paul Rodgers in 1968 when he was just 15. He co-wrote the band's 1970 hit 'All Right Now' but left the group in 1972 to form Sharks with guitarist Chris Spedding. He then formed the Andy Fraser Band before moving to California and going on to write for artists such as Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker and Rod Stewart.

Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa paid tribute to Fraser on Twitter, writing: "I am extraordinarily sad to hear of the passing of Andy Fraser. He was one of the greatest and I was proud to call him my friend." 

Fraser is survived by daughters Hannah and Jasmine. Funeral arrangements are pending.