Andy Fraser, bass player for the British band Free who co-wrote the classic 1970s rock anthem “All Right Now” when he was a teenager, has died. Fraser was 62.
“I’m so shocked and heartbroken by the loss of our amazing father Andy, who was a true force of nature,” Fraser’s daughter, Hannah, said in a statement to FOX411. “His endless passion for music has been an inspiration to the world for over half a decade [sic].”
Continued his daughter: “He was a mover and a shaker, and had unfathomable depths of optimism, even when faced with the biggest challenges. The last time I saw him he was in his element, rocking out onstage to benefit humanity. I am so proud of him, his bravery, intensity, philanthropy and talent will have people singing his praises for years to come.”
The London-born Fraser became a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers at the age of 15 – a group that was a training ground for young British rockers like Eric Clapton and Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor – before becoming a founding member of Free.
Free’s biggest hit was 1970’s “All Right Now,” which remains one of the defining hits of classic rock radio, on which Fraser produced and played a bass solo.
“All Right Now” endures today as an anthem in football stadiums across America, including Stanford University and the University of Southern California, where their marching bands play it at nearly every game.
Free’s singer and guitarist Paul Rodgers would later go on to front Bad Company and The Firm.
Fraser continued to play music for most of his life, but never matched the success he had as a teen with Free, which broke up in 1972.
His daughter stated that her father had “a fearless commitment to honesty and justice” and that he worked “tirelessly” for Rock Against Trafficking, gay rights issues, the Occupy movement, eco-activism and ocean conservation.
Fraser had been living in Temecula, California, where he died Monday, according to the Riverside County coroner. The cause of death is not yet known and remains under investigation, but his daughter alluded to her father’s health issues in her statement.
“Andy was a survivor who overcame some of the most challenging health issues in his life, and yet he left this earth healthy, happy and full of plans to make this world a better place for us all,” she said. “It’s all right now, and he’s finally free.”