Dave Rosser, guitarist for alternative rock band the Afghan Whigs and a 1984 graduate of Gadsden High School, died Tuesday of colon cancer. He was 50.
The band announced Rosser’s death in a Facebook post on Wednesday: “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend, brother and inspiration. Dave Rosser passed away peacefully last evening surrounded by love. Thank you to all who kept him in their hearts. He is forever in ours.”
Rosser was the brother of longtime local musician Russ Rosser. He organized a 2009 benefit in Gadsden for his brother, who had three fingers severed from his left hand in a table saw accident.
Rosser played guitar and wrote songs for a number of artists and bands, including Ani DiFranco, Tim Heidecker and two of Afghan Whigs lead singer Greg Dulli’s side projects, The Gutter Twins and the Twilight Singers. He appeared on such TV shows as “The David Letterman Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
The Afghan Whigs reunited in 2011 after a 10-year hiatus, and Rosser joined the band in 2014.
He toured with the group and played guitar on two of their albums: “Do to the Beast” (2014) and “In Spades” (2017).
The band announced last October that Rosser had been diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer. They organized two benefit concerts that included performances by DiFranco, Moby and Eagles of Death Metal, to help with his medical bills.
Rosser didn’t accompany the band on recent tour dates, but told Guitar World Magazine last month: “I just finished the first six months of chemo and am taking a break. I’m feeling pretty good and my spirits are good. I record a lot at the house and have been…
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