Courtesy of Epic Records (Richrath is pictured second from left)

Gary Richrath  - former lead guitarist for REO Speedwagon - passed away Sunday, of causes not yet released.

Weird, because I just mentioned last week how cool it would be if he got back with the band for at least one more album.

According to frontman Kevin Cronin:
"My longtime friend and collaborator Gary Richrath passed away.....I feel so sad. Gary was both a unique guitarist and songwriter, and the embodiment of the tough guy with a heart of gold. I learned most of what I know about being in a rock band from Gary Richrath. The entire REO Family mourns his death and shares in the grief of his family, friends, and fans. These words do not come close to expressing the depth of emotions I am feeling at this time...KC"

There's not too much to read about it at this time but if you'd like to read a smidgen more - and see Kevin Cronin's favorite picture of the two of them together - CLICK HERE.

All long-time REO fans should at least be aware...pass it along.