Sir Elton John"s bass player Bob Birch is found dead of "apparent suicide", aged 56

Sir Elton John's bass player Bob Birch is found dead of 'apparent suicide', aged 56

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00:01 GMT, 16 August 2012

Robert Wayne Birch aka Bob Birch, Sir Elton John's bass player and back-up musician, has been found dead in Los Angeles.

The musician's body was discovered on Wednesday morning and it is thought his death is a result of an apparent suicide.

According to Los Angeles County Assistant Coroner Chief Ed Winter, his body was found around the corner from his San Fernando home in the early hours.

Passed away: Sir Elton John's long-running bassist Bob Birch has died of an apparent suicide

Passed away: Sir Elton John's long-running bassist Bob Birch has died of an apparent suicide

Winter has now revealed his death is being 'investigated as a possible suicide' after a gunshot wound was found to the head, thought to be self-inflicted.

TMZ.com is reporting that no suicide note has been found and there were no apparent signs of drug use linked to his death.

He was aged 56 at the time of his passing.

Birch started playing in Sir Elton's band in the early 1990s and toured the world with him for the past 20 years.

And he played on one of his most famous songs, 1997's Candle In The Wind.

The rocker since went on to play for other well known musicians including the likes of Billy Joel, Tina Turner, the Spice Girls, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder.

Birch is survived by his wife, Michele, and a son, Jonathan.

No comment has yet been made from Sir Elton over the death.

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