American blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter died Wednesday in a hotel room in Switzerland, his representative said Thursday. He was 70.
“His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world’s finest guitarists,” his spokeswoman, Lori Haynes, said.
Winter was in Zurich, Switzerland, as part of a tour of Europe, although he was scheduled to return to the United States for shows later in July, according to his official Facebook page.
Winter first gained national attention when Rolling Stone magazine featured the the Texas music scene in a December 1968 cover story. It captioned his photo: “Johnny Winter, Albino Bluesman.” The article said guitarist Mike Bloomfield considered the young Winter the “best white blues guitarist he had ever heard.”
Rolling Stone now ranks Winter 63rd on its list of 100 greatest guitarists.