News of Brett Tuggle’s death comes months after legendary actor and comedian Louie Anderson died in January
Brett Tuggle, best known as the keyboardist for legendary British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac and The David Lee Roth, has died at the age of 70. The sad news of his death was confirmed to Rolling Stone by his son Matt. He said he was “so loved by his family,” adding, “His family was with him throughout the period of his illness. He was a loving father. He brought music into my life.” Brett is now survived by his two children, son Matt and daughter Michelle.
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Brett Tuggle was born in Denver, Colorado. He was interested in music from a young age playing gigs at small venues before moving to Texas. His career began in 1981 playing with John Kay & Steppenwolf before joining Rick Springfield’s band in 1982. Speaking about his death, Brett Tuggle’s son, Rolling Stone, confirmed that the musician died of complications related to cancer.
Brett Tuggle also rose to fame while touring with David Lee Roth between 1986 and 1994. He was one of the founding members of the band. They rose to fame when they wrote the 1988 hit Just Like Paradise. Brett was reportedly set to reunite with Roth for solo performances scheduled for 2020. Brett later starred with Fleetwood Mac from 1997 to 2017 during their reunion era. He reportedly first came into contact with them in 1992 during their drummer Mick Fleetwood’s side project The Zoo. In a 2020 interview with Rolling Stone, Brett Tuggle spoke about his early influences. “I grew up in Denver. Like everyone else in the country, we were drawn to the surfing scene,” Brett said, adding, “The Beach Boys were a huge influence in junior high. I got sucked into the Harmony thing with them. And like everyone else, I saw The Beatles on TV and it was never the same.”
A tribute was paid to the late beloved musician when Rick Springfield took to Twitter: “Our sweet Brett Tuggle made it home tonight. God bless his beautiful mind.” Another user shared, “Sad news… Just heard… A lovely man who has worked with Coverdale Page and Restless Heart… My love and respect for his family, friends and fans… A sad day , indeed.” One chimed in: “Music has lost another great. Brett Tuggle by Fleetwood Mac & David Lee Roth. Condolences to his family and friends. REST IN PEACE.”
The next tweeted: “Sad to hear of the passing of Brett Tuggle. I met him at a gig the other day. I knew he wasn’t doing well, but I didn’t think we were going to lose him. My condolences to friends, family and the band. Terrible news.” And another shared, “Brett Tuggle – truly the ‘secret weapon’ of the Eat ‘Em & Smile band and tour. Loved by all who have ever met him and gifted with phenomenal talent – RIP . We will never forget you.” One user concluded: “Damn… I just heard Brett Tuggle passed. Fantastic songwriter and keyboard player for the DLR Band and Fleetwood Mac, among others. He co-wrote the DLR track “Just Like Paradise”. Rest in paradise, Brett.”