Founding Dave Clark Five Member Rick Huxley Dies
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Rick Huxley, one of the founding members of Dave Clark Five has died unexpectedly.
According to Rolling Stone, Huxley, had been battling emphysema, after years of heavy smoking, but had recently been given a clean bill of health. Clark told Rolling Stone he had spoken with Huxley on Friday and reported he was in good spirits. Clark says he spoke to Rick every week and that his death comes as a shock. Huxley was 72.
Huxley's death leaves just two surviving members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band that was part of the British Invasion of the early 60s. Saxophone player Dennis Payton died in 2006, and singer and keyboard player Mike Smith died in 2008 just days before the hall of fame induction ceremony.
Clark described Huxley as a "real gentleman", adding: "He was very kind and had an amazing sense of humor - he was the funny one in the group, and a very talented musician."