Ron Murphy, whose rock-solid bass playing anchored the Cincinnati-area band Muddy River for many years, died this morning, one day short of his 67th birthday.
Ron’s kidneys failed in June and he was diagnosed with melanoma. Despite treatment, the cancer spread and he recently entered hospice care, where his family encouraged friends to visit and pick.
Ron’s influence was felt far beyond his Wilmington, Ohio, home. He was active in IBMA, was a Leadership Bluegrass alumnus and regularly attended World of Bluegrass events. He had time and an encouraging word for musicians and fans alike, and his smile was infectious.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
R.I.P., Ron Murphy.