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Iron Butterfly Drummer Ron Bushy’s Cause of Death at 79

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Legendary drummer for the rock band Iron Butterfly, Ron Bushy’s cause of death has not been clarified by his family, but several reports revealed that he died following a battle with cancer.

Ron Bushy died on Sunday morning, August 29, at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, Iron Butterfly confirmed in a statement on Facebook.

There, Ron was joined by several of his family members, including his wife Nancy at his side and the pair’s three daughters.

Iron Butterfly Drummer Ron Bushy's Cause of Death at 79

“Ron Bushy, our beloved legendary drummer of Iron Butterfly, has passed away peacefully, with his wife Nancy by his side, at 12:05 am on August 29th at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital,” the statement read.

“All three of his daughters were also with him. He was a real fighter. He was born on December 23, 1941. He will be deeply missed!” the band wrote alongside a black-and-white photograph of the drummer.

Ron Bushy was born on December 23, 1941, in Washington, D.C., U.S. He was best known as a member of the rock band Iron Butterfly. Bushy also was known as drum soloist on the band’s popular song “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” which was released in 1968.

The American Drummer was the only member of the band to appear on all six of their studio albums.


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Story Behind Ron Bushy’s Cause of Death

Bushy is believed to have had esophageal cancer, but there isn’t any official statement surrounding Ron Bushy’s cause of death at this time. His family also has not revealed any details surrounding his death cause.

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Before joining Iron Butterfly, Bushy played in a band called the Voxmen. He joined Iron Butterfly in the mid-1960s after their well-known drummer, Robert Morse, had to leave the band because of a family emergency.

Iron Butterfly Drummer Ron Bushy’s Cause of Death at 79
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Ron became part of the band’s classic lineup, along with guitarist Erik Brann, bassist Lee Dorman, and keyboardist Doug Ingle.

After Iron Butterfly’s first album, Heavy released in 1968, the group experienced huge success with their song “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” from their second album.

Bushy worked with Iron Butterfly on their third and fourth albums until their break-up in 1971. The drummer rejoined the band when the group reformed in 1974.

In 1975, the group released their fifth and sixth albums, Scorching Beauty and Sun and Steel. Ron left the band in 1977 and rejoined the next year.

It is a difficult time for Bushy’s family and friends. Words cannot express our deep sorrow from the passing of the legendary drummer, and we ask you all to keep Ron, his family, his friends, and all of his loved ones in your thoughts through this agonizing time.

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Reactions to Ron Bushy’s Death

Soon after the heartbreaking news of Ron Bushy’s death came out, his fans and friends paid touching tributes to him and spread their condolence through social media.

One fan wrote on Twitter: “Ron Bushy was awesome. He took his shirt off without assistance and never missed a beat on a 15-minute drum solo. We watched them perform November 25, 1968, at Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY.”

Iron Butterfly Drummer Ron Bushy’s Cause of Death at 79
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“Iron Butterfly Drummer Ron Bushy Dead at 79. An Extraordinarily gifted drummer… One of the very first to make Drums a virtuoso instrument in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. RIP,” another fan shared on his Twitter account.

“RonBushy’s drum solo in this song was amazing and still amazing now! RIP,” one social media user wrote. “RIP Ron Bushy, as iconic a drummer as there ever was. We have lost another legend,” one fan said.

Another Twitter user wrote: “There’s a new drummer in heaven. All the others can go sit in the audience now.”

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