Keys had been battling the disease cirrhosis and passed away this morning (Dec. 2) at his home in Franklin, Tenn., Nashville Scene reports. Michael Webb, a keyboardist who had performed with Keys in his band Bobby Keys and the Suffering Bastards, confirmed his death to the Scene.
The saxophonist had performed with the Rolling Stones for over 40 years after meeting the band at a fair in San Antonio, Texas, in 1964. From there, he performed on every Stones album between 1969 and 1974, and then every record from 1980 to present.
Among many of his contributions to the Rolling Stones, Keys’ most timeless contribution may be his solo on the 1971 song “Brown Sugar.”