Bernie Marsden (1951-2023) is dead. The former guitarist of the hit group Whitesnake died on August 24 at the age of 72. He “died peacefully by his side on Thursday evening with his wife Fran and daughters Charlotte and Olivia,” his family wrote on Instagram. “Bernie never lost his passion for music, writing and recording new songs until the end.”

Marsden, who was born in Buckingham in 1951, first joined various rock groups in the 1970s, including former Deep Purple members Paice Ashton Lord. Marsden founded Whitesnake in 1978 together with former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale (71) and guitarist Micky Moody (72).

His playing could be heard on the band’s first five albums. He co-wrote many of the group’s best-known hits during this period. These include “Fool for Your Loving”, “She’s a Woman” and the international chart success “Here I Go Again” from the album “Saints

However, while still recording this album, he left the group, became a member of various combos, and also regularly released solo albums over the years. The rock and blues guitarist was also known for his extensive guitar collection, which is said to have been the envy of many of his peers.

Whitesnake singer David Coverdale commemorated the deceased with a moving social media post on Friday morning. “I just woke up to the terrible news that my old friend