Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Dusty Hill (died July 28th, aged 72)

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Joe Michael “Dusty” Hill, the bassist of the rock band ZZ Top, died at his home in Houston, Texas, at the age of 72. In a letter posted to the band’s Facebook page, Hill’s widow, Charleen McCrory, recounted the moments leading up to Hill’s death. “He woke me up and we talked and as he was sweetly chatting with me, he suddenly stopped,” she recalled. “And he was gone in an instant.”

Though the cause of death had not been revealed, Hill had been struggling with a dislocated shoulder and a broken hip prior to his passing. Despite those health woes, his friends and family were expecting him to recover. “The plan was for another round of physical therapy, with a different approach, to help his chronic bursitis,” McCrory noted. “The plan was he would return to the second leg of the [band’s] tour in September.”