Elvis Presley's drummer Ronnie Tutt dies at 83, tributes pour in
- Legendary American drummer Ronnie Tutt died on Saturday
- He died of natural causes surrounded by family
- He was suffering from a heart condition
Legendary American drummer Ronnie Tutt died on Saturday at his home in Franklin, Tennessee. He was 83.
Tutt's wife, Donna, told TMZ that the drummer died of natural causes surrounded by family. Donna said Ronnie was suffering from a heart condition and there was nothing more doctors could do.
Ronnie Tutt was a member of the band TCB, or Taking Care of Business from August 1969 until Elvis Presley's death in 1977. He also also played for The Carpenters, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, and Jerry Garcia.
A statement issued on the Elvis Presley Enterprises Instagram read, "All of us with Elvis Presley Enterprises were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tutt. 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. Ronnie Tutt played drums for Elvis as part of the TCB Band from 1969 until 1977. He was part of the band put together by James Burton for Elvis’ 1969 Las Vegas opening – and stayed with Elvis until his death in 1977," the statement added.
The band disbanded after Elvis' death following which the drummer was invited by Neil Diamond to become his permanent concert and recording session drummer.
Following Ronnie Tutt's death several of his fans paid their tributes.
"We just heard the news that Ronnie Tutt passed away today (10/16/21) at age 83. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and all those who were influenced and whose lives were enriched by his amazing talents. Thank you for the music, Ron," TCB Cast tweeted.
"Mr. RONNIE TUTT Has gone to heaven today to join Elvis and the rest of the guys. Please pray for his family and may he rest in peace. You were greatly loved and honored," another person wrote.