Celebrated rock and blues guitaristGaryMoore was found dead in a hotel room in Spain on Sunday, BBC said.
The Belfast-born musician and a former member of the legendary Irish group Thin Lizzy is reported to have died of heart attack while on holiday in Costa del Sol.
Eric Bell, whom Moore once replaced as Thin Lizzy guitarist, told BBC he "still can`t believe it."
"He was so robust, he wasn`t a rock casualty, he was a healthy guy," he said.
Moore, considered one of the most virtuoso guitarists of his generation, performed as a member of Thin Lizzy and Skid Row. He also had a successful solo career and released some 20 studio albums. In Russia, Moore is best known for his song Still Got the Blues.