Legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose's death on March 3rd has been ruled a suicide by California's San Mateo County Coroner's Office, according to Guitar Player magazine. Montrose who was 64, was at first reported to have died due to complications from prostate cancer. His family has confirmed Montrose's cause of death as being from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Montrose reportedly battled clinical depression for nearly all his life.
A statement by his family was posted on his official website, RonnieMontrose.com:
A Message from the Montrose Family
By now, the devastating truth of Ronnie's death is public knowledge. We hope you can understand why we wanted to keep this news a private family matter for as long as possible. We can only hope that you will choose to celebrate Ronnie's life, and what his music meant to you, rather than mourn his passing. Ronnie would have wanted it that way. He loved being a guitarist, a composer, a producer, and a creator of magic. He fully understood his gifts, and yet he constantly pushed himself to evolve, improve, and make better music. He did this for himself, and he did this for you, because he adored and appreciated his fans. Please keep his energy, his joy, and his love in your hearts. Please note that there will be no more statements from the Montrose family at this time. We ask that you respect the family's privacy.