Dusty Hill was one of the original founding members of ZZ Top -- serving as their lead bass player and secondary lead vocalist since they launched the band in 1969. The band wrote "Dusty passed away at his home in Houston, TX". "We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top'. We will forever be connected to that "Blues Shuffle in C." The boys add, "You will be missed greatly, amigo."