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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