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Bob Birch

Born: 1956-07-14 - Died: 2012-08-15
Cause of Death:
Suicide


Death Summary:

Law officials reported that they found Bob Birch dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. Birch was 56 years of age.



Who was Bob Birch :

Bob Birch was a well-known musician with an emphasis on bass guitar from Detroit, Michigan. Birch was known for his involvement with pop music icon Elton John.

Prior to his success in the mainstream music world, Birch became involved with music at a very young age, encounraged by his father Chet, who played an upright bass. Graduating from Wayne State University with a Music Education and Performance degree, Birch became involved with the live music circuit in Detroit, and started to network with various musical acts, such as: The Doobie Brothers, George Benson, Chicago, and Barry Manilow.


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13 Signatures in Bob Birch's guestbook

  1. Øystein Says:

    “So sad,so sad, it´s a sad sad situation”…..R.I.P

  2. Heather Terry. Says:

    PJust can’t believe it,im shocked.You were always fooling around and making all the band laugh,and was always full of life.I will miss you… As will The Elton John Band. Love Hev.

  3. Paul Ventimiglia Says:

    There will never be another Bob Birch. He was one of a kind and I will feel this loss until we meet again. God bless you Bobby!

  4. Barry Coates Says:

    Bob was a fellow musician who I admired greatly. One of the coolest cats I’ve ever been around and I will miss him. We always had plenty of laughs together and I loved his bass playing. God Bless you Bob.

  5. Dan Gillis Says:

    I had the opportunity to drive Bob and the rest of Elton’s band on the road in the US over the last few years. I was always so sorry for his pain but never more sorry than I am now. I’ll miss you Bob!!

  6. lisa birch murray Says:

    He was a once in a lifetime musician and I was always proud of my little brother…he and my older brother Dan and my sister-in-law Martha, taught me to sing…we had many good times playing music together with our Dad, Chet….end of an era…

  7. James Fanton Says:

    I’ve travelled with the Elton John Band around the world. Bob was truly a great musician and gave his all at every gig. Such a tragic loss RIP.

  8. Rick Morse Says:

    Bob..I am so sorry that you had sadness in your life..I have spoken with you a few times in Orlando, as a fellow bassist/vocalist, you were very gracious to me. Rest in peace my friend. See you again brother! GOD BLESS ALWAYS
    Rick.

  9. Anthony Tamburino Says:

    Im a Huge Elton John Fan and i know these guys prob dont get the recognition they deserve,,(the Band itself) Bob was so much fun to watch,,,Nigel,,Davey,,John,,Kim,,thats going to be one hard Gig when they go back on Tour next month without Bob,,,Im curious to know as im sure alot of people are,,,why would someone so special,,so successful kill themselves?? its usually over women,,i cant think of anything else i guess,,,horrible tragedy,,,Bob you were one of the great ones,,,

  10. Lisa Cox Says:

    Bob invited my daughter (who was only five at the time) and myself on the tour bus in 2000, with that big smile of his and warm heart and we got to meet the rest of the band members. One the best nights of my life. Funny you can never tell when people are suffering. I love Elton and his band and it just won’t be the same without Bob, really did love that guy, peace be with you.

  11. Charlie Quinn Says:

    So sad, such a great talent, and will be missed every time I see Elton’ John’s band from now on !! RIP

  12. Taysa Says:

    Having met Sir John I must say, he should never sing this song again He is a waiknlg miracle Does anyone have any idea what he survived, and the fact that he met someone who is willing to put up with him I am the biggest Elton fan but I am also a person just like he is and I will be honest It is a miracle that we are not visiting him at his grave Just saying!!!

  13. Kris Kemper Says:

    Bob was nice to me in 2007 when I met him,I will pray for his family. Bob was a very nice guy.He will be missed. I will pray for his fellow band members & friends.


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