Former Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx posted a moving tribute to his former bandmate Lizzie Grey (born Stephen Perry) on Monday (Aug. 5). Sixx said that Grey, 60, died after a long struggle with the rare brain disorder Lewy Body Disease.
"With heavy heart I write that my friend and former bandmate Lizzie Grey passed away last night from Lewy Body Disease which he had since 2008," Sixx wrote; the pair played together in the late '70s in the group London.
"In the late 70’s we had a 1000 adventures together ranging from writing music, performing together, working odd jobs side by side and dreaming of all the possibilities life had to offer us young men.Lizzie was a good man and leaves behind his wife Jennifer, 2 beautiful daughters and family," Sixx added.
Sixx said the pair talked "quite a bit" over the past year and that guitarist Grey repeatedly said that family was the most important thing to him. "I will miss him and his passion for music and life," Sixx wrote. "God speed and my condolences to anybody who was lucky enough to know him."
After playing alongside Grey in London beginning in 1978, Sixx left the L.A. heavy metal band to join the Crüe in 1981, while Grey soldiered on with the group through 1982, rejoining in 1985 and then leaving again in 1988 after releasing just two albums with the group.
Grey also played in the groups Ultra Pop (later called Spiders & Snakes), releasing 10 albums with the groups between 1989 and 2014's Year of the Snake. He is also credited with co-writing the song "Public Enemy #1" for the Crüe's 1981 debut album Too Fast For Love. For more information and to spread awareness, visit www.LBDA.org.