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Rob Wasserman, accomplished bass player, dead at 64

Rob Wasserman, a highly respected bass player and composer who performed and recorded with Lou Reed, Neil Young, Brian Wilson and many other musicians, has died. He was 64.

Wasserman died Wednesday in Los Angeles, according to Matt Busch, the manager for Wasserman's close friend Bob Weir. Weir posted on his Facebook page that Wasserman, who had been diagnosed with cancer, had "lost his struggle."

"I can still hear the sound of his bow playing those strings unamplified and pure," wrote Weir, the longtime Grateful Dead member who with Wasserman founded the band RatDog in the mid-1990s. "It's one of the most glorious sounds I've ever heard, and the...