R.I.P. – Remembering Ratt guitarist Robbin “King” Crosby on 15th year anniversary of his death
Today marks 15 years since Ratt guitarist Robbin “King” Crosby passed away. Back in April 2017, Sleaze Roxx posted excerpts of a journal outlining Crosby‘s thoughts and last two years of his life as recounted by Curt Dudley. Below is the Sleaze Roxx article from its now defunct R.I.P. section in regard to Crosby:
Birth Name: Robbinson Lance Crosby
Born: August 4, 1959 – San Diego, California
Died: June 6, 2002 – Los Angeles, California
Cause Of Death: Heroin Overdose/AIDS Complications
1983 – Ratt – Ratt
1984 – Ratt – Out Of The Cellar
1985 – Ratt – Invasion Of Your Privacy
1986 – Ratt – Dancing Undercover
1988 – Ratt – Reach For The Sky
1990 – Ratt – Detonator
1990 – Jon Bon Jovi – Young Guns II: Blaze Of Glory
1991 – Ratt – Ratt & Roll 8191
1993 – Rumbledog – Rumbledog
1997 – Ratt – Collage
SAN DIEGO – Guitarist Robbin Crosby of the heavy metal rock band Ratt has died of AIDS complications, his brother-in-law said. He was 42.
Crosby, who disclosed he had AIDS last July in a radio station interview, died Thursday in Los Angeles.
Crosby said that he may have contracted the disease when he started using heroin as a member of Ratt, which had such hits as “Round and Round” and “Lay It Down.”
Ratt guitarist Warren De Martini remembered that Crosby always knew he wanted to be a rock star.
Crosby was born Aug. 4, 1959, in San Diego. He teamed with fellow San Diego musicians De Martini and Stephen Pearcy as Ratt‘s 1984 debut album, “Out of the Cellar,” reached No. 7 on the national charts. The quintet’s first four albums all sold more than one million copies. Ratt disbanded in 1992.