American bass player Randy Rand, one of the founding members of metal band Autograph, has passed away.
Autograph released a statement on their Facebook page on 26 April 2022 confirming the death of their cherished friend.
Following the news, we take a look intato the age, career and life of Randy Rand.
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Randy Rand’s age
Celebrating his birthday on 18 May, Randy Rand was 71 years old at the time of his passing.
A husband, father and grandfather, Rand was survived by his wife, Regina Rand. While Randy’s personal life remained out of the limelight, for the most part, Autograph described Regina as Randy’s “beautiful and infinite love” in their recent statement.
Although the Autograph bassist remained quiet on social media, Regina often posts about her family and relationship.
Primarily known as a member and founder of Autograph, Rand also had a career in crafting leather. Randy Rand Leather Ltd produced handcrafted guitar straps, signed by the bassist himself.
Randy Rand’s music career began in the 1970s when he played in bands at Sunset Strip, California. By 1984 Rand had formed Autograph alongside Keni Richards, Steve Lynch, Steven Isham and Steve Plunkett in Pasadena, California.
In the same year the band released their first album, Sign In Please, and had their only top-40 hit for Turn Up The Radio, which currently has more than 23 million streams on Spotify.
The band drifted apart but rekindled the flame in 2011 by adding new members. As of 2022, Rand was the only founding member still performing and touring with Autograph.
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Rand’s death confirmed
Autograph announced a statement confirming Rand’s death across their social media channels on 26 April 2022:
Rand’s cause of death has yet to be announced, although the statement confirmed his passing was “unexpected”.
A friend of Regina Rand posted to her Facebook page: “This is Doris on behalf of Regina. It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts we announce the unexpected passing of Randy Rand.”
Fans of the bassist have also been sending condolences:
We send our condolences to Randy Rand’s family and friends at this difficult time.