bassist and co-founder of the Faces, the British band that launched Rod
Stewart's career, has died after a two-decade battle against multiple
Lane, 51, who was taken to Mt. San Rafael
Hospital, died Wednesday. Local authorities in this town, about 197 miles
south of Denver, would not release any more information about his death or
Sue Lane, the musician's wife, issued a
statement through a spokeswoman at the Comi Funeral Home: "Mr. Ronnie
Lane passed away Wednesday, June 4, after a brave battle with M.S.
Private family services were held according to his wishes."
Lane and his wife reportedly have lived
quietly in Colorado for at least three years. Lane is survived by two sons
and two stepdaughters. Lane, born in London, co-founded the British group
Small Faces in 1965 and co-wrote most of the band's hits with lead singer
Steve Marriott, including the chart-topping Itchycoo Park. After evolving
into the Faces in 1969, the band launched lead singer Rod Stewart to
Lane's health began deteriorating in 1975
after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a debilitating nerve
He reportedly sought alternative health
treatment, including snake venom injections, and had his teeth fillings
replaced after it was suggested mercury in them may have made him ill.