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Drummer STEVE RILEY (L.A. GUNS, W.A.S.P.) Dead At 67 Years Old

We wish his family all the best at this time.

Steve Riley

Drummer Steve Riley has passed away at 67 years old. Riley drummed for W.A.S.P. between 1984 and 1987, and then spent most of the years between 1987 and 2016 drumming for L.A. Guns (and the post-lawsuit band Steve Riley's L.A. Guns). Riley's death was confirmed to Blabbermouth by his son Cole. We wish them all the best at this time.

The Riley family has issued the following statement: "We are devastated to share that Steve Riley has passed away at the age of 67. Steve had been battling a severe case of pneumonia for several weeks, and on Tuesday, Oct. 24, succumbed to the illness. His wife Mary Louise and son Cole were by his side in his final moments.

"Steve spent the past five decades building up a rich music legacy, touring the world countless times, selling millions of records, sharing the stage with incredible bandmates and bringing joy to fans across the globe. His style was unmatched, influenced by the greats like Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker and John Bonham, and his passion for the craft was evident until the very end.

"But Steve's greatest legacy was his role as a loving husband and caring father. At home, he was more than just a rocker — he was a Boston sports fanatic, a World War II buff and an avid reader. As much as he loved being on the road, nothing brought him more joy than coming home to his family.

"Steve is survived by his wife and son, as well as his brothers Michael and Daniel."

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