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Elton John

Band Member DEAD

Apparent Suicide

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

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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Really TMZ, John Mayer is now a legend? It is disrespectful to John Birch to include John Meyer in that context. Plaalez. You may like the way JM looks, but he's hardly a music legend. GAWD. Sometimes you are right on and sometimes you really disappoint.

799 days ago


So sad. What would want to make this man kill himself? He seemed to have it all. R.I.P. Bob Birch. We will miss you.

799 days ago

Mr. Bate    

I still got a lot of living to do. At least he did'nt make a public spectacle of it, like the all too familar "attempted" variety.

799 days ago


It's sad when someone takes their own life. I'm sure he was a great musician judging by the talent he played with. What's also sad is the generic repetitive comments about Elton showing his ass. I didn't know this comment section was for mindless 10 year olds. Or most likely mindless adults..

799 days ago

deb higgins    

well, after being with elton jonh that long and being in that filthy life style I too would consider the big sleep

799 days ago


Man, have a little respect. No jokes have to be made.

799 days ago


R.I.P. May you find peace in the afterlife that you could not find here.

799 days ago

Philip hachey    

Hey devilgirl take your most loves ones and I will say the same when they pass away,how does that feel-BITCH! There are alot of F***ING SICKOS OUT THERE!

798 days ago

Philip hachey    

Devilgirl,take your most loved ones and when they pass away I will have a joke,now how does that feel-BITCH! THERE ARE ALOT OF F***ING SICKOS OUT THERE.

798 days ago
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