Bassist Andy Fraser, who co-wrote Free's stirring hard rock classic "All Right Now", has died in California aged 62.
Andy had been living in the desert community of Temecula where he was found in his car by a gardener. The cause of death is not yet known and remains under investigation.
Classic Rock Magazine quoted an official statement as saying:
"Andrew McLan Fraser passed away on Monday at his home in California. He leaves behind his daughters Hannah and Jasmine Fraser, and their mother Ri, his sister Gail, brothers Gavin and Alex, and many friends and associates in the industry.
"A survivor of both cancer and AIDS, Andy was a strong social activist and defender of individual human rights."
Aged 15, the London born bassist first became a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. However, Fraser left within a year to become a founding member of Free.
Fronted by singer and guitarist Paul Rodgers, Andy recorded and toured between 1968 and 1973 and produced two top 10 UK hits, one of which was the renowned rock classic.
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