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Elton John

Band Member DEAD

Apparent Suicide

8/15/2012 12:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bob Birch played bass with Elton John and Billy Joel.Robert Wayne Birch, a bass guitarist who played with Elton John and Billy Joel among many other huge artists, is dead after apparently having shot and killed himself this morning ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Birch was found around the corner from his home, dead from a gunshot wound to the head.  We're told all signs point to a self-inflicted wound.

We're told authorities have not found a suicide note and there were no apparent signs of drug use.

Birch has been playing with Elton John since 1992, and was also involved in the biggest single of all time, "Candle in the Wind 1997."

Birch has also performed with legends like Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Cher, Sting, The Backstreet Boys, The Spice Girls, Clint Black and many others.

Here's Birch with Elton last year on David Letterman -- one of their final live performances together.



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1.

royalredus    

After I saw photos of Elton's bare behind, I wanted to kill myself too.

735 days ago
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Delaware D    

RIP, man.

735 days ago
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People Annoy Me    

That's just really sad. R.I.P Robert :

735 days ago
4.

static    

Probably saw that pic of Elton mooning Michael Caine.

735 days ago
5.

Kiko    

Where?

735 days ago
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I Was About To Say    

RIP BOB BIRCH, you will be missed, you were a terrific bass guitarist!

735 days ago
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wow    

I'm sure Elton will blame Madonna for this.

735 days ago
8.

It's Dave    

"dead with a gunshot wound from the head"


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A gunshot wound FROM the head? Seriously?

735 days ago
9.

LCS27    

Maybe he was on the boat when Elton dropped his pants. It was so traumatic for him that the guy couldn't bear reality anymore and shot himself.

735 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

The shock was too great from the Elton John 'mooning' abuse.

735 days ago
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Keksi    

Illuminati music industry has more suicides than Al Qaida and Talibans combined.

735 days ago
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YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE    

What a shame it wasn't Elton ...I have always hated him can't wait for him to croak...someday....

735 days ago
13.

KnuckleDragger    

Sad to hear anyone ending their own life.


Life's tough...then you die!

735 days ago
14.

devilgirl    

If I had to tour with that old bitch, I'd take the gas pipe myself!

735 days ago
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lynne    

So sad--what could be so awful to make someone want to kill themselves? Except maybe the degree of hatred and spite I've seen in the comments about EltonJohn lately. I've seen Bob Birch play with Elton several times, and he always had his own special stage presence--another piece of magic on Elton's glittering stage. RIP Bob.

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