Ian McLagan has died after suffering a head injury following an accident in Texas. McLagan was a legendary rock ‘n’ roll keyboard player with the Rolling Stones and Faces. He was 69 years old.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. McLagan Suffered a Stroke
KXAN first reported that Ian McLagan was in hospital in Austin with the head injury. The Austin Chronicle reports that the accident happen on December 1 and McLagan has been at the Bracekenridge Hospital since then. He died after a stroke on the afternoon of December 3.
2. He Was in the Rock & Roll Hall-of-Fame
He’s best known for his work with Faces and Small Faces. McLagan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the group in 2012. In an interview with the Austin Chronicle, McLagan expressed his annoyance at being dual nominated for his work with the Faces and Small Faces, he said:
It’s very insulting to be lumped together. It was nice to be thought of, but damnit, it’s too little, way too late. If that sounds like I’m ungrateful, then so be it. Fuck it. I’ve waited long enough.
3. He’s the Second Stones Collaborator to Die in 24 Hours
He also worked with the Rolling Stones during his career. His death comes a day after Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys died of cirrhosis.
4. He Was Supposed to Be on Tour With His New Band When He Died
McLagan had been based in Austin with his band, Big Bump, was supposed to be out on tour at the time of the accident. You can watch a video of him performing his song, “Never Say Never,” above.
5. His Wife Was Killed in a Car Accident in 2006