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ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, one of the bearded figures of the Texan blues rock trio, has died at his home in Houston, the band announced Wednesday. He was 72 years old.

In their Facebook post, guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard claimed that Hill died in his sleep. They didn’t provide a cause of death, but a July 21 post on the band’s website said Hill was “on a short detour back to Texas, to tackle a fashionable problem.”

At the time, the band said their longtime guitar technician, Elwood Francis, would fill the bass, slide guitar, and harmonica.

Born as Joe Michael Hill in Dallas, he, Gibbons and Beard formed ZZ Top in Houston in 1969. The band released their first album, titled The first album of ZZ Top, in 1970. Three years later he marked his revolutionary success, Barn, which is an ode to Chicken Ranch, an infamous brothel outside a Texas town of that name.

The band continued to rank the hits tush in 1975, A smartly dressed man, Legs And Give me all your love‘in 1983, e rude guy And Sleeping bag in 1985.

The band’s 1976 “Worldwide Texas Tour,” with its iconic Texas-shaped stage festooned with cacti, snakes and long-horned cattle, was one of the most successful rock tours of the decade.

Dusty Hill, left, performs alongside bandmate Billy Gibbons during the Super Bowl XXXI half-time show at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, January 26, 1997. (Al Bello / Allsport / Getty Images)

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards said in introducing the band to the Hall: “These cats are immersed in the blues, as am I. These cats know the their blues and they know how to dress it up. When I first saw them, I thought, ‘I hope these guys aren’t on the run, because that disguise won’t work.’

That look – with all three members wearing dark sunglasses and the two frontmen with long, thin beards – became so iconic that it was the subject of a New Yorker cartoon and a joke about The Simpsons.