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My Longtime Guitarist And Friend Has Died.....

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I woke up to an email that my former longtime guitarist/GF, Ronni Crooks, died last night at a New Year's party jam. Reportedly laid down on a couch to take a nap after jamming with old bandmates and celebrating a bit too much. They said she was snoring when they last checked on her and then was dead next they looked. Sad. Not an unkind bone in her body.

We lived together for 15+ years until the mid-2000s and had played together even longer. Truly a hell of a musical genius but she had her demons and thought she was immortal. She'd been dead a few times but always revived...even when she'd been run over by an off-duty NYC cop around 2000 and in a coma she came back to play after a year of recovery.

We'd toured tgether and she'd played at many NAMM shows as an endorser for companies such as Steinberger, Vigier, Crate, Gibson and Brian Moore. Over the years I'd take calls at the house from people like Alphonso Johnson, Michael Schenker and Janet/Michael Jackson's manager, all asking her to play but she was the most humble, down to earth girl you'd ever meet. She had been a protege of guitarist Billy Bauer when she was still in her teens and was a hell of a jazz and funk player, in addition to the rock stuff she mainly played at shows.

I'd just heard from her two days ago and she was stoked about playing with some old bandmates for New Years. I'm going to miss her. She knew me better than anyone. I still have a lot of her stuff at my house. At least she went out doing what she loved most, playing.

Pictured with her Hamer in the mid-90s.

RonniCrooksSnakeChap_BWeb.jpg

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I'm really sorry for your loss. RIP.

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Shitty way to start the new year, my condolences.

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Sorry for your lost , My Condolences

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Wow, that's a hard way to start the year. My condolences to you.

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Wow... that sucks.

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Mercy friend. Hope things flow smooth soon enough. Be sure y'all give her a good send off.

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Sorry for your loss. Celebrate her life.

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so sorry, my condolences. i remember that photo, she was beautiful. are there any clips of her playing we can access online?

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Tough way to start the year, sorry for your loss!

ArnieZ

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Sorry for your loss. Celebrate her life.

^ This.

So very sorry.

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Really sorry to hear that. Really a sad way to start the year.

She went doing what she loved most.

My condolences

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I am sorry for your loss....praying for her family.

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Sad to hear, sorry for your loss.

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Really sorry to hear it. Sounds like lots of great memories were made, so keep them close as you work thru this.

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Condolences. Positive thoughts and prayers to you and her family.

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Sorry for your loss, my friend.

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Sorry for your loss.

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