By Britt Bickel
Fans are mourning the loss of original bassist of Foreigner, Ed Gagliardi, who passed away Sunday, May 11th after eight years of battling cancer, reports Ultimate Classic Rock.
Gagliardi’s daughter broke the news of his passing in a message to fans on the bassist’s Facebook fan page writing, “Now that information has circulated, I would like to prevent misinformation and be the one to let everyone know that my father, Ed Gagliardi, passed away tonight at 7:40, after 8 years of battling cancer. There are no words. We appreciate your prayers and well wishes. We are shocked and heartbroken, thank you for your loyal fandom of an amazing man. I love you Daddy.”
Gagliardi was part of Foreigner’s original lineup from 1976 to 1979 with founding members Lou Gramm, guitarist Mick Jones, keyboardist Al Greenwood, drummer Dennis Elliott and Ian McDonald. He was part of the group’s early success on its self-titled 1977 debut that spawned hit singles “Feels Like The First Time” and “Cold As Ice” as well as the 1978 follow up Double Vision featuring hit songs “Hot Blooded” and “Double Vision.”
Gagliardi left the band in 79 over creative differences with Jones just before recording 1979’s Head Games. He later formed a new group Spys with former band mate Greenwood and released two albums (1982′s Spys and 1983′s Behind Enemy Lines) before disbanding.
After word got out of his passing, Foreigner shared a touching photo in his memory on its official Twitter account Monday, adding that the photo was taken at the band’s very first show.
R.I.P. Ed Gagliardi, you will be missed pic.twitter.com/TDj7hAPptN
— Foreigner (@ForeignerMusic) May 12, 2014
Original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm posted a heartfelt message to fans on his Facebook page following the news:
It is with a heavy heart that I let fans know that Foreigners original Bassist Ed Gagliardi passed away last night. I had spoken to Ed just a few weeks ago & we were making plans to meet at my show in Orlando Florida on July 31. Rest in peace Ed .. Always your Band mate. Lou
Foreign kicks off the U.S. leg of its “Soundtrack of Summer Tour” with Styx and Don Felder on May 16 in Oklahoma City with a stop at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre on July 26.