The world was left in shock on Wednesday when the news spread that iconic musician Keith Richards had been found dead at the age of 79. Reports indicate that the 79-year-old Rolling Stone guitarist and founding member was found unresponsive in his home in England after an apparent heart attack.
Richards was known around the world as one of music’s most influential figures and was an integral part of the band’s success over its 50-year career. The Rolling Stones’ hits such as “Paint It Black,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” and “Gimme Shelter” were all inspired by Richards’ unique guitar skills and powerful lyrics.
Although Richards was never considered a traditional lead singer, it was his deep, gravelly voice and presence on stage that captivated fans throughout the world, who came out in droves for the Rolling Stones’ live shows over the decades. His influence extended beyond music, with the Rolling Stones’ influence even being felt in fashion in the 1960s and beyond.
Richards had earned an extensive collection of awards and nominations for his music over his career, including 18 Grammy Nominations and nine Grammy wins. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice – once with The Rolling Stones and also as an individual.
Richards was also identified over his career for his on-stage charisma and sharp wit that made him a favorite of music critics and fellow musicians over the years.
The news of his passing has left many in shock, both music fans and professionals alike. His contribution to the music world will certainly be felt for decades to come. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.