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Old Jun 09, 2003, 09:47 PM   #1
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Default Animals keyboard player dies

LONDON (AP) - Rock musician Dave Rowberry, keyboard player for the top 1960s band The Animals, was found dead Friday in his London apartment, a fellow band member said. He was 62.

Drummer John Steel said Rowberry, who suffered from heart problems, was found dead by Animals bassist Jim Rodford.

The original band, featuring Eric Burdon on vocals, formed in 1964 and had hits including "House of the Rising Sun,""Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place."

Rowberry joined the band in 1965, replacing original keyboard player Alan Price. The group continued shifting members and eventually split up toward the end of the decade, but the members got together sporadically and recently regrouped as Animals and Friends.

"We found Dave again three years ago and these last few years have been fun," Steel said. "He has been having a great time but he wasn't in the best of health."

Steel said Animals and Friends were due to play in Poland this weekend and that he would miss Rowberry.

"He loved playing with a band. He loved the social life of being on the road, eating, drinking, having a good gig and meeting new people," Steel said. "It's great that he did it almost up to the last minute."

Music journalist Keith Altham said Rowberry "was always very bright, amiable and amusing. He was a great keyboard player."

"Dave's contribution to the band was that he gave it a slightly funkier, more blues feel than it had previously," Altham said.

"He will be very much missed by his fellow musicians and by his fans."

No information about survivors was immediately available, and no funeral plans were announced.
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