Chris Robinson Brotherhood guitarist Neal Casal dead at 50

Neal Casal (Image credit: Scott Dudelson/WireImage - Getty)

Chris Robinson Brotherhood guitarist Neal Casal has died at the age of 50.

The news was confirmed on Casal’s social media accounts earlier today, although no cause of death has been made public.

A statement reads: “It’s with great sadness that we tell you our brother Neal Casal has passed away. As so many of you know, Neal was a gentle, introspective, deeply soulful human being who lived his life through artistry and kindness. 

“His family, friends and fans will always remember him for the light that he brought to the world. Rest easy Neal, we love you.”

After a five-year stint with Rickey Medlocke's Blackfoot, Casal released 10 solo albums between 1995 and 2011, before hooking up with former Black Crowes vocalist Chris Robinson. He played on all the Brotherhood’s albums, including their 2012 debut album Big Moon Ritual.

Aside from his work with Robinson, Casal also played with Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Hazy Malaze, Hard Working Americans and collaborated and toured with dozens of artists, including Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Willie Nelson, Phil Lesh, Sheryl Crow, Mark Olson, Rufus Wainwright and Shooter Jennings.

In 2008, the New Jersey native’s photographs were exhibited in the Bauhaus Gallery in Tokyo and his work has appeared in a variety of music magazines including Rolling Stone and MOJO.

Jennings has paid tribute to Casal, saying: “I am absolutely devastated with the news of the loss of my dear friend and consistent collaborator Neal Casal – he was always my favourite picker in LA and we’d all just finished some beautiful music together. I’m really just hollowed out by this.”

Tributes have also been posted on social media by DJ Bob Harris and Ryan Adams. See them below.

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