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Rob Wasserman, renowned bass player, dies at 64

Played with Lou Reed, Neil Young, Brian Wilson
Posted at 12:35 PM, Jun 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-30 15:57:41-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Rob Wasserman, a highly respected bass player and composer who performed and recorded with Lou Reed, Neil Young, Brian Wilson and many other musicians, has died. He was 64.

Matt Busch, the manager for Wasserman's close friend Bob Weir, says Wasserman died Wednesday in Los Angeles. Weir posted on his Facebook page that Wasserman, who had been diagnosed with cancer, had "lost his struggle."

A former student of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Wasserman played standup bass and drew upon a wide range of influences.

He was best known for his work in Weir's band RatDog and for his 1988 "Duets" album that included Reed, Aaron Neville and Rickie Lee Jones. "Duets" was nominated for three Grammys, and brought singer Bobby McFerrin a Grammy for male jazz vocalist.