Original Ratt Guitarist Robbin Crosby Dead
Fri Jun 7, 2:57 PM ET
Robbin Crosby, one of the original members of '80s metal band Ratt, died Thursday (June 6) in his Hollywood, California, apartment at age 41.
Spokespeople for the Los Angeles Coroner were unable to confirm whether or not Crosby died of a heart attack, as has been reported, or if the guitarist's death is related to his eight-year battle with AIDS. Local paramedics reportedly pronounced Crosby dead at 11:15 a.m. PT. Crosby--the hulking, blond guitarist featured in videos for hit songs like "Round And Round" and "Lay It Down"--was born August 4, 1960.
Crosby spoke to LAUNCH in July 2001 while undergoing full-time AIDS treatments in a Southern California medical center. He was diagnosed in 1994, but because of the dormancy of the disease--which can be 10 years in some people--he doesn't know how long he had AIDS before it was discovered. Crosby recalled what went through his mind when he found out: "It was kind of odd. It took a while to sink in, like I kind of expected it or something after all the stuff I had done, you know, on tour. I was no-holds-bar--I had no reason to not--so, you know, I'm pretty sure that I got it on tour."
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