Former bandmate and current vocalist for REO Speedwagon Kevin Cronin confirmed on a Facebook post that Gary Richrath had passed away last night.

"I learned most of what I know about being in a rock band from Gary Richrath."

Hi friends, kc here. My longtime friend and collaborator Gary Richrath passed away earlier today. I feel so sad. Gary...

Posted by REO Speedwagon on Sunday, September 13, 2015

Richrath was the lead guitarist for the band until 1989 and wrote "Golden Country", "Ridin' the Storm Out", "Only the Strong Survive" and "Take It On the Run".

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