Rick Froberg, known for his influential contributions to post-hardcore music in bands Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes, is believed to have died aged 55. According to the late musician’s longtime friend and collaborator John Reis, Froberg died the night of Friday, June 30.
Reis took to Instagram to share the sad news with Hot Snakes fans in a post, writing, “Rick passed away suddenly last night of natural causes. His art has made life better. The only thing he loved more than art and rock n roll was his friends. He will forever be remembered for his creativity, his vision and his ability to bring beauty into this world. I love you, Rick. I will miss you for the rest of my life.
In one of Froberg’s latest Instagram uploads, he revealed that Hot Snakes would be reuniting soon. “Nathan Martin posted these pics of Hot Snakes, and I thought they were flattering (I tried posting them in stories, but it got out of me 🙄),” he wrote. “Hot Snakes, by the way, are working on a new record – almost done – so watch out. Thank you Nathan!”
Since news broke of his death, fans have flooded the late artist’s comments section with kind messages for Rick Froberg’s family and loved ones.