Founding Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby succumbed to AIDS on Thursday after an eight-year battle with the disease. Crosby, who co-wrote many of the pop-metal band’s best-known songs, was 42. Former Ratt vocalist and co-founder Stephen Pearcy wrote on his official website, “Robbin was a sweet soul, great talent and he will be missed. Rest in peace.” On Ratt’s official Web site, the surviving members wrote, “Our dear friend Robbin Crosby passed away this morning. His family and close friends are asking for your respect, prayers, and appreciation.”
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