Long-time David Lee Roth keyboardist Brett Tuggle died June 19 from complications related to cancer. He was 70.
Tuggle’s son Matt confirmed the news to Rolling stone: “He was loved by his family so much. His family was with him throughout the entire time of his illness. He was a lovely father. He gave me music in my life.”
Tuggle was a member of Roth’s band from 1986 to 1994 before returning in 1997. He co-wrote Roth’s 1988 top ten single “Just Like Paradise”. After Roth’s 1986 Eat ‘Em and Smile’ tour ended, Tuggle sat down at his home keyboard and came up with the music that Roth eventually fleshed out into his 1988 hit “Just Like Paradise.” It peaked at Number Six on the Hot 100.
Along with Roth, Tuggle worked with a long list of big-named artists over the years including Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Page, Rick Springfield, David Coverdale, John Kay and Steppenwolf, Styx’s Tommy Shaw, and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels.