Original WHITESNAKE Guitarist BERNIE MARSDEN Dies At 72

Bernie Marsden

The music world mourns the loss of Bernie Marsden, the original guitarist for WHITESNAKE, who has tragically passed away at the age of 72.

The news of Bernie Marsden‘s death was announced earlier today through a social media post made by his family: “On behalf of his family, it is with deep sadness we announce the death of Bernie Marsden. Bernie died peacefully on Thursday evening with his wife, Fran, and daughters, Charlotte and Olivia, by his side.

Bernie never lost his passion for music, writing and recording new songs until the end.”

WHITESNAKE singer David Coverdale shared a tribute to his former bandmate on social media, writing: “I’ve just woken up to the awful news that my old friend and former Snake Bernie Marsden has passed. My sincere thoughts and prayers to his beloved family, friends and fans. A genuinely funny, gifted man, whom I was honored to know and share a stage with.”

Marsden, a household name in the British rock scene, was instrumental in the formation of WHITESNAKE, a band he co-founded with David Coverdale. He played on the band’s first five studio albums and co-wrote their chart-topping hit, “Here I Go Again.”

Even after leaving WHITESNAKE, Marsden continued to contribute to the music industry, playing with other notable bands and enjoying a successful solo career.