Dolly Parton collaborator David Lindley dies aged 78

David Lindley worked with an impressive roster of famous faces (Picture: WireImage)

David Lindley died aged 78 after reportedly battling with illness for months on Friday. 

The musician found fame working for the likes of Dolly Parton, Rod Stewart, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Ry Cooder.

Alongside his star-studded list of collaborations, Lindley founded the band El Rayo-X and was instrumental in forming the psychedelic folk group Kaleidoscope with Chris Darrow during the 1960s. 

News of his death was confirmed on Friday by his close friend Douglas Reynolds with heartfelt tributes pouring in since then for the talented artist. 

He was believed to have been suffering from sickness for months before his death however a cause has not yet been determined. 

‘I am saddened to pass on the news that my friend David left the planet this morning, March 3,’ Douglas posted on a page called David Lindley Medical Fundraiser on Custom Ink that was selling T-shirts in a bid to raise funds for medical expenses.

David Lindley.

The musician was credited with shaping the sound of soft rock (Picture: Getty Images)
He was also part of psychedelic rock band Kaleidoscope (Picture: Getty Images)

He continued: ‘Thank you to everyone who purchased a tee and donated to the fundraiser. 

‘It will help his girls — his wife Joanie and his daughter Rosanne — not have to think about money at this sad time. 

‘Bills are still pouring in and there will of course be final expenses. I thought of turning this off but have been encouraged to keep it going for his girls, so I will.’

Lindley was born on March 21, 1994, and is survived by his wife Joan Lindley and his daughter Rosanne.

Lindley worked on tracks with Jackson Browne (Picture: Shutterstock)
It was believed he was ill for some months before his death (Picture: Redferns)

Following the announcement of his death, tributes from the world of music poured in online with many stars offering their condolences. 

Author Stephen King penned: ‘So sorry to hear the great David Lindley has passed away. The world has lost a brilliant musician.’

Paul Young typed: ‘I am so sorry to hear that David Lindley has left this earth. He rode shotgun with some of the finest American artists, and English ones too. 

‘Please listen to his solo albums, El Rayo X and Very Greasy. Such a fine guitar player & harmonist. Condolences to his wife Joan & family [sic]’. 

The late musician was famed for his expansive knowledge of musical instruments and was credited with helping to shape the ultimate sound of soft rock.

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