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Guitarist Ronnie Montrose dies

Guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who formed the band that bore his name and performed with some of rock's heavy hitters, has died.

His booking agent, Jim Douglas, said Montrose, 64, died on Saturday at his home in Millbrae, California.

Mr Douglas said Montrose's health had been declining for some time. He had been battling prostate cancer and what Mr Douglas termed "personal demons".

In addition to forming his own band in 1973, Montrose performed with a number of musicians, including Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs and the Edgar Winter Group.

Mr Douglas said Montrose was working on releasing a DVD and starting a tour that would have taken him across the US.

Montrose is survived by his wife Leighsa, a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.

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