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David Bowie guitarist Ricky Gardiner dies aged 73 as Iggy leads Pop tributes

Ricky Gardiner, guitarist for David Bowie and Iggy Pop, has died aged 73.

The Scottish-born musician battled Parkinson’s for a number of years, his daughter Annie revealed in a statement on Instagram.

Ricky Gardiner starred with Iggy Pop and David Bowie

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Ricky Gardiner starred with Iggy Pop and David BowiePhoto credit: Getty

Describing him as “stoic,” Annie said the condition caused him to “suffer terribly,” depriving him of mobility and speech, and requiring him to have 24-hour care.

Ricky played on the first half of the legendary Bowie album Low and was introduced to pop by the late musician.

He wrote the iconic riff to The Passenger and played on the Lust For Life LP.

Rock legend Iggy paid tribute, calling Ricky “the nicest guy who ever played guitar.”

He wrote: “Dearest Ricky, lovely lovely man, shirtless in your overalls, nicest guy that ever played guitar. Thanks for the memories and the songs, rest in peace forever.”

Daughter Annie said her dad was “the best dad anyone could ask for”.

She continued, “He taught me everything from using power tools, to an analog and digital recording studio, to changing an air filter on a car engine (although I was terrible at it), to playing bass guitar, musical improvisation, songwriting and production methods.

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“He was kind, generous, thoughtful, insightful, patient, enthusiastic, a rebel, didn’t take fools, didn’t give in — what people thought, loved a good conversation and loved his food!”

While son Tom fondly recalled his father’s spirituality and the long conversations they would have about the meaning of life.

Ricky turned his back on rock star life after starting a family.

Instead, he settled down in South Wales and worked on the music in his home studio, releasing his only solo album in 2013.

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Aila Slisco

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