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Ratt Guitarist Succumbs to AIDS

Robbin Crosby dead at forty-one

June 7, 2002 12:00 AM ET

Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby died of AIDS yesterday. He was forty-one. Crosby had been living with the HIV virus for seven years and announced that he had AIDS last summer.

Ratt was formed in 1983 by Crosby, singer Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini, bassist Juan Croucier and drummer Bobby Blotzer. Their first self-titled album was released independently in 1983 and led to a major-label contract with Atlantic Records. In 1984 they released Out of the Cellar, which hit the Top Ten and sold over three million copies. "Round and Round," the first single drawn from the album and MTV staple, reached Number Twelve.

While Ratt were absent from the music scene for most of the Nineties, they reformed to release Collage in 1997 and Ratt in 1999.

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