Elvis Presley Enterprises shared the news in an official tribute to its website.
“All of us with Elvis Presley Enterprises were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tutt.” Read the tribute. “In addition to being a legendary drummer, he was a good friend to many of us here at Graceland. We enjoyed each time he joined us here to celebrate Elvis Week, Elvis‘ Birthday and many other special occasions.”
“Ronnie was an amazing ambassador to Elvis‘ legacy – sharing his memories of working with Elvis with fans – as well as bringing Elvis’ music to arenas around the globe through later Elvis in Concert shows and performances.”
Tutt played as part of the TCB Band (“Taking Care of Business“) and toured and recorded with Presley from 1969 until his death in 1977. He has also performed with the likes of Billy Joel, Jerry Garcia, Niel Diamond, and The Carpenters.
According to TMZ, Tutt passed away at his home in Franklin, Tennessee on Saturday due to natural causes. He was surrounded by family.
His wife Donna stated that he had suffered from a heart condition and that, “He couldn’t play another drum lick.”
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