Steve Riley, known for his work as a drummer with W.A.S.P. and L.A. Guns, has passed away at the age of 67.
The news was first reported by the glam rock website Metal Sludge and later confirmed by his longtime friend Jason Green.
Riley had been facing various health issues that led to his recent hospitalization.
A storied career
Riley was a key member of W.A.S.P., contributing to the band's first four albums and touring with them from 1983 to 1987.
He also played on Keel's 1985 album, "The Right To Rock." After parting ways with W.A.S.P., he joined L.A. Guns and was part of their most commercially successful period.
He later formed his own version of L.A. Guns, known as Riley's L.A. Guns, which had just released a new single, "The Dark Horse," and was planning to release a second album next year.
Despite his health issues, Riley remained active in the music scene. His recent work included the release of a new single with his version of L.A. Guns, and he had plans for a second album set for next year.