Surprised me this morning for sure. Just 71. All I can find out is the claim he died of "natural causes". Which really doesn't tell you anything.
He never really DID get much acclaim as a guitarist, but I thought he did OK. I never much cared for all the "Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold" stuff, but as his band's "breakout" LP was recorded here in Detroit, we were kind of fond of him and his band.