David Bowie guitarist Ricky Gardiner dead at 73 as Iggy Pop leads tributes

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DAVID Bowie and Iggy Pop guitarist Ricky Gardiner has died aged 73.

The Scottish-born musician had battled Parkinson’s for some years, his daughter Annie revealed in a statement on Facebook.

Ricky Gardiner played with Iggy Pop

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Ricky Gardiner played with Iggy PopCredit: Getty

Rock legend Iggy paid tribute, calling Ricky “the nicest guy who ever played guitar.”

He wrote: “Dearest Ricky, lovely, lovely man, shirtless in your coveralls, nicest guy who ever played guitar. Thanks for the memories and the songs, rest eternal in peace.”

Daughter Annie said: “He was the best dad anyone could ask for. He taught me everything from using power tools, to a recording studio both analog and digital, to changing an air filter on a car engine (though I was awful at that), to playing bass guitar, musical improvisation, songwriting and production methods.

“He was kind, generous, thoughtful, insightful, patient, enthusiastic, a rebel, did not suffer fools, didn’t give a s – – t what people thought, loved a good chat, and loved his food!”

While son Tom fondly recalled his father’s spirituality and the lengthy conversations they would have about the meaning of life.

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