Guitarist Tim Krekel Dies at 58

June 26, 2009 12:09 PM ET

Songwriter/guitarist Tim Krekel passed away June 24 at his home in Louisville, Kentucky after his health deteriorated following surgery for abdominal cancer, Reuters reports. He was 58. During his career, Krekel performed with Jimmy Buffett, Bo Diddley and Kris Kristofferson, serving as Buffett's lead guitarist during the late '70s and early '80s and appearing on the album Son of a Son of a Sailor. Krekel released his first solo album Crazy Me in 1979, his official site writes. Artists like Canned Heat and Rick Nelson also covered Krekel's songs. Krekel was diagnosed with cancer in March 2009, and his condition worsened over the past few months.

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