Former R.E.M. and King Crimson drummer Bill Rieflin has died aged 59, according to his family.
The US musician passed away “after an eight-year duel with cancer”, a statement from his relatives said.
Rieflin also played in groups including Swans and Ministry.
The statement said: “Seattle native and life-long resident, Bill was a world-class musician who was at home on the drums, guitar, bass and keyboards.
“He was also an accomplished composer and producer who possessed a sophisticated ear, a depth of rare talent and complete dedication to his craft.”
It added: “His refined manner, brilliant mind, eye for the ironic and legendary sense of humour defined him as a man of discerning taste, palate and company.”
Bill Rieflin (1960-2020)
It is with heavy hearts we acknowledge the death of our dear friend and consummate drummer, Bill.
— R.E.M. HQ (@remhq) March 25, 2020
His death was also announced on Twitter by R.E.M.
A post from the band’s account said: “It is with heavy hearts we acknowledge the death of our dear friend and consummate drummer, Bill.”