He had been ill for several months with pancreatitis and sepsis. Nasty stuff.
In this documentary, which was probably made for PBS, he said that not only was he always first chair in his school orchestra, he tried out for Kansas All-State Orchestra, at a friend’s suggestion - and was first chair there, too! At that point, he wondered if he might be, like, on to something.
He is the first member of this classic 70s/80s prog band to leave us. RIP.