Bassist Andy Fraser, who co-wrote Free’s 1970 hit All Right Now, has died in California aged 62.
The musician died on Monday and he had been fighting cancer and Aids, according to an official statement regarding his death.
The Riverside County coroner said the cause of death is not yet known and remains under investigation.
The London-born musician became a founding member of the British group when he was just 15.
He wrote most of the his material with Free lead singer Paul Rodgers, who went on to front bands Bad Company and The Firm.
“A survivor of both cancer and Aids, Andy was a strong social activist and defender of individual human rights,” the statement read.
“He leaves behind his daughters Hannah and Jasmine Fraser, and their mother Ri, his sister Gail, brothers Gavin and Alex, and many friends and associates in the industry.”
All Right Now was Free’s biggest hit, peaking at number two in the UK singles chart and number four in the US.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment