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Illness Became Beach Boy Billy Hinsche’s Cause of Death


Co-Founder of Dino, Desi & Billy, and longtime Beach Boy musician Billy Hinsche’s cause of death has been revealed soon after he passed away on Saturday (November 20, 2021) at the age of 70. May the artist rest in power.

The heartbreaking news was confirmed by Arnaz, who claimed she and Hinsche were “like brother and sister.” in a statement released on Instagram, writing, “One of the finest humans, friends, storytellers, and musicians, on the entire planet, just went home to rest. Billy Hinsche had died. 70 years young.”

The statement then added, “He had never stopped working as a musician. Played with every incarnation of The Beach Boys for decades. And, during COVID, performed a wonderful show each and every week from his home in Henderson, NV called ‘Billy’s Place.'”

Co-Founder of Dino, Desi & Billy, and longtime Beach Boy musician Billy Hinsche's cause of death has been revealed

Hinsche lost his life on Saturday of giant cell carcinoma, the same day his 95-year-old mother Celia passed away in hospice, according to his close friend Lucie Arnaz.

In the ’60s, Hinsche created a rock group with Arnaz’s brother Desi Arnaz Jr. and Dino Martin Jr., with whom he published four albums. The group enjoyed hits such as “I’m a Fool” and “Not the Lovin’ King” and toured as an opening act for bands like The Beach Boys and Paul Revere & The Raiders before headlining their own shows.

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Billy Hinsche’s Cause of Death Reported as Cancer

Cancer was reported as Billy Hinsche’s cause of death. “One of the finest humans, friends, storytellers, and musicians, on the entire planet just went home to rest,” Arnaz said, noting she had known Hinsche since childhood. “We were like brother and sister,” said the 70-year-old.

Arnaz wrote that Hinsche’s illness “ravaged him like an out of control train,” while Beach Boy Mike Love said that very few of his friends “knew the seriousness of his illness… Billy, right up until his last couple of months, didn’t let on to how serious his condition was.”

Hinsche was born in Manila in the Philippines and raised in Beverly Hills, where he took up piano at just five years old and guitar seven years later, according to his website.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the musician’s family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones on these tough days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor him; Fans widely ask, “what happened to Billy?” So if you have any related information about his passing, please share it with us.

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He started recording and touring with The Beach Boys in the ’70s and had performed with them ever since, making a series of documentaries throughout the years about his time working with the legendary group.

Hinsche, who additionally provided background vocals to classic songs like Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” released his first solo album in 2003, and during the pandemic, produced a show called Live from Billy’s Place, which he streamed weekly.

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