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ROCK BASSIST RONNIE LANE DIES IN TRINIDAD
Associated Press Jun 6, 1997

Ronnie Lane, 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 sclerosis.

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 funeral arrangements.

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 international stardom.

Lane's health began deteriorating in 1975 after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a debilitating nerve ailment.

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.

 


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