|Death of RONNIE MONTROSE ruled a suicide|
|Wednesday, 11 April 2012 05:03|
A report from the San Mateo County Coroner has revealed that guitarist Ronnie Montrose died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The suicide ruling contradicts earlier reports that the cause of death was prostate cancer, which Montrose had been suffering from when he died on March 3rd.
Montrose's family did not contradict those reports at the time.
The family has now released a statement on Montrose's official Website in reaction to the autopsy report:
"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."