AUSTIN, TX (CelebrityAccess) — Ian Patrick McLagan, a British keyboardist who collaborated with the Rolling Stones and was a member of the English rock bands Small Faces and Faces died after suffering a stroke in Austin. He was 69.
In a statement on his official webpage, former bandmate Kenny Jones wrote "I am completely devastated by this shocking news and I know this goes for Ronnie and Rod also. Ian’s artistry, generosity and warmth of spirit touched countless other musicians and music fans around the world. His loss will be felt by so many."
McLagan of the British band Small Faces, which changed names to Faces when Rod Stewart and Ron Wood joined in 1969.
After Faces parted ways in 1975, McLagan worked backing artists such as The Stones, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Melissa Etheridge, and Bob Dylan. He was also a member of The Bump Band, serving as bandleader, performing regularly, including gigs opening for the Stones and at Austin City Limits.
His manager Ken Kushnick wrote in a statement, "He was a beloved friend to so many people and a true rock n roll spirit. His persona and gift of song impacted the music across oceans and generations.” – Staff Writers