Former D.O.A. guitarist Dave Gregg reportedly dead

Former D.O.A. guitarist Dave Gregg has reportedly died, with friends posting memorials on Facebook.

Piecing together information from those close to him, it appears that the veteran musician was visiting his parents in White Rock when he collapsed on Saturday. Reports are that he had a heart attack after a possible aneurysm. He is said to have died later in hospital.

Vancouver punk legend Brian Goble, who played with Gregg in D.O.A. from the early to mid-’80s, posted “as our ranks grow thinner, I salute the passing of a new spartan.”

Long-time Canadian music publicist Melanie Kaye and close friend of Gregg wrote: “My life has been made happier by knowing Dave Gregg. Proud to call him my friend for the last 32 years. I will miss him as anyone that knew him will. Love you Dave.”
Vancouver-based punk rock author Chris Walter posted “I’ve heard reports that Dave Gregg of DOA has passed on. I hope it’s not true.”

Known as one of the nicest guys on the early Vancouver punk scene, Gregg played on D.O.A.'s iconic Something Better Change and Hardcore 81 albums. He was also considered an integral part of D.O.A.’s most fabled lineup, which included singer-guitarist Joe Keithley, bassist Randy Rampage, and drummer Chuck Biscuits.

You can watch Gregg in action below in the video for D.O.A.'s cover of Bachman–Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business".

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RIP
Punk rock never die,
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Bernice Page
I am in deep mourning over the loss of Dave Gregg.
He always showed love and respect towards me in all the years I knew him. My grand daughter Isabella has been enriched during the past 10 years by his presence in her life. She will always remember him and miss him terribly.
He will be sadly missed by all his friends and family.
He is with his beloved mother now.
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Bruce
I was just a young kid and was lucky enough to meet Dave and share some watermelon with him at the house on Gore. Sad to hear he passed.
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Gary Floyd
A loss and a heavy one...always nice and so respectful of others. Musican of great status...I'm sad to hear this news....really sad.
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Michael Turner
I am so sorry to hear this. I didn't know Dave well, but I remember playing on a bill with the Grooveaholics in the late-80s and Dave was kind, fine, happy and fun.
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Mr Ed Banger
I knew Dave and promoted several of his bands back in the day. DOA, the Judas Goat, Groovaholics - the common thread through them all was the passion he had for playing live and the funk he displayed in his amazing guitar work. The fact that there were no airs about him and that he was a good guy with time for everyone, added to his appeal. For a boy from the Canadian prairies, he did experience life to the fullest in his world travels. My thoughts to Cathy and his family. Al Campbell
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Peter Carr
Knew him to hello to and he back to me. Always seemed like a nice guy. Sorry to his friends and family.
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A. MacInnis
Never saw Dave play, but I met him at the Meatmen show a couple of years ago, where he very generously posed for photographs - because every punk with a camera wanted to be part of a group pic that included Tesco Vee, Mr. Chi Pig, Dave Gregg, and... I think Jon Card and Willy Jak were in a few, too... Dave was friendly, unpretentious, and totally approachable, and afterwards I got to shoot the shit with him (and Bev Davies) a little outside Fortune Sound Club. You know how sometimes it only takes about five minutes to know that someone is a really good person? That was how it felt with Dave, that night.

Like I say, didn't know him well, but my condolences to those who knew him better than I did... sad day.
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Rob Roy
Never was fortunate to know Dave.
Shared the love of punk when it was first happening in the BC coast .
DOA was an important part of what was happening on the Vancouver and Canadian punk scene of the early 80s. Was fortunate to spend a few days in the La Ronge and Otter Rapids area many years ago, Dave came from a beautiful part of the world. I hope you find the peace and tranquility of your home town. Kind thoughts to your family and friends
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Tim Dickson
What a massive loss. I can recall one show around the War on 45 era... DOA just blazed through a jaw-droppingly tight and wild set. I had seen a lot of pretty awesome rocknroll bands by then, but it was clear to me that I was at the best show on the entire planet that night. I had the the chance to chat after a few shows, and yes what a lovely man and a master musician.
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Tim Crow
Dave was inspirational to young guys like me in the 1980's punk scene. He was a really sincere and kind guy, a monster guitarist and entertainer. Rest well brother.
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Reed.
I met Dave at a gig at the Japanese Hall on Alexander. He was still a hippie then, from an Island off the north coast of Vancouver Island. Think it was Quadra. He was a mainstay in the old punk scene, pre-bhudda, when it migrated from place to place, inevitably evicted due someone's outrageous behaviour (someone would blow up a urinal or piss off the manager). He had movie-star good looks, which he didn't give a damn about, and a bemused grin perpetually pasted on his face. He loved Jimi Hendrix. We lived together in a house on Gore which we shared with an army of mice and he drove me crazy staying up all night and sleeping all day (I had to work). Finally we made a deal. If he gave me the house for a long period of time (something like 6 months) then when that period ended, I'd leave the house and he could have it. I assumed he'd forget the deal and just go rent another place. But he set up next door in an abandoned house, where he often slept outdoors on the roof. He and others 'renovated' it and got basic plumbing and amenities working again. One time the Avengers played there. Sure enough, after 6 months he was back with a grin on his face to claim the house and I left. He was a gentle, lovely guy who lived music, so sorry to see him go.
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Paul
Who the hell is disrespecting all the comments with the thumbs down? Shame on you.
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mike
A gentleman; kind, thoughtful and real. my heart goes out to Dave's family. RIP friend
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J2000
A friend, a great guitar player and a gentleman. Those early days with him, watching him grow as a musician, then being assertive enough to leave Private School for DOA, he definitely changed the Vancouver Sound. Personally, he looked out of place with DOA, his tall lanky frame looking rather clumsy, and his forever grin way out of place for a 'hardcore' punk. Mr. Gentle. Mr. Happy. As Reed said above, he was a long haired hippy when we met, more comfortable without his clothes on than anything with safety pins in them. His loose Quadra Island vibe would soon shed once he got his new Stratocaster, and his penchant for Hendrix made him work all that more hard to get 'the sound'. Oh man, playing with the Groovaholics sure made me happy to be on stage with him once again. It was to be the last. I am sorry and saddened. Miss you, Mr. Humble.
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Ron Allan
Dave was a friend of mine and I am sorry to hear about his passing. We lived together at Fort Gore and played in the Grooveholics with various drummers (Jon Card,Alex Phillapedes, Ian Tiles...). While I was living in Austin he came by every time he was in town and Alex P. and I were planning to jam with him on his next trip up. Too bad we didn't get to do it one more time.

He was truly a gentle soul and I will miss him dearly.
Ron...
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David
I didn't know him but saw him play many D.O.A. shows on Vancouver Island in the '80s. When I heard he'd passed away, my first thought was, "That sucks - in concert, he always looked like such a nice guy having the most fun time on stage."

Too young. Much too young.
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Lance
D.O.A.....Such legends. Incredible how many people all over the world they inspired with their bravery...because those early Punks were fearless.
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marcuss phalluss
je pense a la famille
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Al
late after one of the early Wpg shows Dave was in the kitchen of the house of beep, apologizing that he couldn't find all the other guys to carry everything out of the van and set up in the basement and play some more. The drive of that guy was inspiring…great band, great person
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