Thin Lizzy Guitarist Gary Moore Dies in Spain

By Sara Dover
|  Monday, Feb 7, 2011  |  Updated 1:00 PM CDT
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Gary Moore performs on stage during day one of High Voltage Festival at Victoria Park on July 24, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns)

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A former guitarist for Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, was found dead in his hotel room in Spain early Sunday morning.

The 58-year-old Irish rocker, recognized to be one of the best blues-based guitarists of the 70s, died while vacationing in Costa del Sol, according to his official website. The cause of death is yet to be determined.

"I still can't believe it," ex-Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell told the Belfast Telegraph. "He was so robust, he wasn't a rock casualty; he was a healthy guy. He was a superb player and a dedicated musician."

The Belfast-born guitarist first recorded with Dublin rock band Skid Row before continuing an on-again off-again relationship with Thin Lizzy through the 70s. 

He was a full time member of the band when they recorded the album, "Black Rose: A Rock Legend,"  which topped the charts in 1979 and debuted at #2 in the United Kingdom.

Moore also continued to have a successful solo career but will be best known for his ripping guitar riffs on Thin Lizzy hits like "The Boys are Back in Town" and "Parisienne Walkways."

Selected Reading: Rolling Stone, Gary Moore's Offical Website, Belfast Telegraph

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