‘All Right Now’ bassist Andy Fraser dies at 62
Tributes have been paid to gay musician Andy Fraser, famous for the legendary 1970’s hit All Right Now, whose death was announced yesterday.
The London-born musician became a founding member of the British group when he was just 15.
Fraser wrote most of his material with Free lead singer Paul Rodgers, who went on to front bands Bad Company and The Firm.
An official statement on classicrock.com reads: “Andrew McLan Fraser passed away on Monday at his home in California.
“He leaves behind his daughters Hannah and Jasmine Fraser, and their mother Ri, his sister Gail, brothers Gavin and Alex, and many friends and associates in the industry.
“A survivor of both cancer and AIDS, Andy was a strong social activist and defender of individual human rights.”
The Riverside County coroner said the cause of death was not yet known and remains under investigation.
Among those paying tributes to the bassist was Kiss’s Paul Stanley, who said: “RIP Andy Fraser – Free’s iconic bass player and writer of Alright Now and others. He battled cancer and AIDS. A loss.”
In a statement to FOX411, Fraser’s daughter Hannah said: “He worked tirelessly on humanitarian projects such as Rock Against Trafficking, gay rights Issues, the Occupy Movement, eco-activism, and he was producing a documentary on ocean conservation with me.”
She added: “Andy was a survivor who overcame some of the most challenging health issues in his life, and yet he left this earth healthy, happy and full of plans to make this world a better place for us all. It’s alright now, and he’s finally free.”