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Texas Bluesman Guitar Shorty Dies at 87, Cause of Death Explored

David William Kearney popularly known as Guitar Shorty is no longer with us. He passed away at the age of 87. Losing a loved one is never easy. Read the article further to know the cause of the death of the legendary guitarist.

What was the cause of Shorty’s death?

Blues legend Guitar Shorty died on April 20, 2022 (Wednesday) in Los Angeles, California. According to his representatives, he passed away due to natural causes. He was best known for his stage antics and amazing guitar solos.

David began his musical career in the clubs of the south and southwest, with a stop in New Orleans at the famed Dew Drops Inn where he led his band from the front. He worked with both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy. After a while, he went to Los Angeles and even played a gig with Sam Cooke.

A little bit about Shorty’s personal life

Guitar Shorty was born on September 8, 1934, in Houston, Texas. He was brought up in Kissimmee, Florida. He learned how to play guitar from his uncle at a very young age. He got his stage name Guitar Shorty at the age of 16 on a club marquee.

Shorty met his future wife Marsha in Seattle, Washington. She was the step-sister of Jimi Hendrix, who quickly went on to become one of Guitar Shorty’s biggest fans. As per the reports, the singer introduced Hendrix to the wah pedal and loaned him one when Hendrix could not afford to buy his own.

Shorty tied the knot with Marsha in the year 1962 but we think they were not each other’s soulmates as they ended up parting their ways later. They got separated in 1970.

How did the fans react to the sad news?

When the news of Shorty’s passing away came out, the fans couldn’t stop themselves from paying tributes to the artist on the social media platform Twitter.

One fan wrote, “Guitar Shorty passed away today. A fabulous guitar player and bluesman, he did his first recording in the mid 1950’s. He was a showman as well and influenced Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy’s performance styles. His recordings over the last 20 years have been incredible. He was 87😢”

Another user tweeted, “RIP to the great Guitar Shorty aka David Kearney. Shorty first introduced me to @GandLGuitars years ago and I’ve been using them ever since. Lucky to have done some shows with him over the years. A great talent and a kind soul.”

Followed by a user who penned, “I just heard that Guitar Shorty passed. What a huge loss. He influenced Buddy Guy and Hendrix. I used to help him get gear and loved hearing his stories. I’m sure right now he’s found the best soul food available. Rest easy, legend.”

One user wrote, “This one hurts. RIP Guitar Shorty.💔”

These were a few reactions of the fans to the demise of the musician. We send our deepest condolences to the close friends and family of Guitar Shorty during this difficult time. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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