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Dusty Hill's Widow Thanks Fans For 'Outpouring of Love' After Hill's Unexpected Passing

ZZ top Bassist Dusty Hill's wife Charleen McCrory is thanking fans for their utmost support after Hill's unexpected passing. His widow, who married Hill in 2002, shared a letter on ZZ Top's Facebook page speaking about the "overwhelming outpouring of love" that she felt from fans since her family made the announcement last Wednesday.

She wrote, "He was the kindest, most gentle and caring man a woman could ever hope to find in a lifetime. Many don't believe in fairy tale marriages but Dusty and I truly lived one! We were inseparable."

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In regards to the bassist's health when he left ZZ Top's Tour, McCrory explained on social media that he was not critical as far as they knew. Hill was headed back to physical therapy in order to help with his chronic bursitis. He planned to rejoin the band for the next leg of their tour in September of this year.

After his medical leave, the rock band decided to write a statement on their Facebook saying, "The members of ZZ Top, Billy, and Frank, would like to share that Dusty, their fearless Bass player, is on a short detour back to Texas, to address a hip issue. They await a speedy recovery and have him back pronto."

Opening up about the bassist's last moments, she stated, "He wasn't supposed to leave me or all of you. Early Wednesday morning my world and yours would lose a great musician and I would lose my greatest love. He woke me up and we talked and as he was sweetly chatting with me he suddenly stopped and he was gone in an instant. So, while I feel numb and lost and alone and in a million pieces, I know he will always be with me in my heart and soul and I will join him when the Lord calls me home to be with them. It is my hope you will always keep him in your hearts. He loved his fans and always remembered that without fans music is not heard. So, now he truly appreciates each and every one of you."

Hill's funeral is said to take place in Houston, Texas. McCrory went on to ask the fans to "look to the heavens at noon and wish Dusty Godspeed." Hill's death was announced by his ZZ Top surviving band members, drummer Frank Beard and Billy Gibbons, saying he passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, Texas.