Bernie Marsden, Iconic Whitesnake Guitarist, Dies at 72; David Coverdale Honors His Legacy

Bernie Marsden, Iconic Whitesnake Guitarist, Dies at 72; David Coverdale Honors His Legacy


Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden, a founding member of the iconic band, has sadly passed away at the age of 72 on August 24.

The announcement was made on Friday, leaving the music world in mourning.

Marsden’s bandmate and lead vocalist, David Coverdale, took to social media to share the heartbreaking news and pay tribute to his friend and colleague.

A Tribute to a Genuinely Funny and Gifted Man

David Coverdale, who is 71 years old, expressed his shock and sorrow in a heartfelt message.

He wrote, “Good Morning…I’ve just woken up to the awful news that my old friend and former Snake Bernie Marsden has passed.”


Coverdale conveyed his sincere condolences to Marsden’s family, friends, and fans.

He went on to remember Marsden as a “genuinely funny, gifted man” and expressed his honor at having known and shared the stage with him.

The tribute concluded with the sentiment, “RIP, Bernie XXX.”

Founding Member and Co-Writer of Iconic Hits

Bernie Marsden was a vital part of Whitesnake, contributing as a founding member and guitarist from 1978 to 1982.

His influence extended beyond his instrumental role, as he co-wrote some of the band’s most famous tracks, including “Fool For Your Loving” and “Here I Go Again.”


The latter track achieved a significant milestone by garnering six million US radio plays in 2018.

A Lasting Legacy and Enduring Bonds

David Coverdale added more reflections on the sad news, saying, “Good morning, afternoon & good evening, wherever you are on this sad day…stay safe & well.

Take good care out there…& know you are appreciated & loved… Bernie…once a Snake…always a Snake.”

He encouraged fans to engage in meditation, prayers, and moments of reflection as they process the loss.

Coverdale’s message held a sense of unity among fans of the band.


A Musical Journey Beyond Whitesnake

Bernie Marsden’s contributions extended beyond Whitesnake.

He played a significant role in the band’s early years, participating in their first EP and the first five albums.

These albums included notable works like “Snakebite,” “Trouble,” “Lovehunter,” “Ready And Willing,” “Live in The Heart Of The City,” “Come ‘An Get It,” and “Saints And Sinners.”

Marsden’s musical journey continued after his time with Whitesnake, with projects such as Bernie Marsden’s SOS, collaborations with Alaska, and the Moody Marsden Band.

Notably, he also carved out a successful solo career, releasing albums like “Trios,” his latest offering in 2022.


The music world has lost a talented artist whose legacy will continue to resonate through the melodies he crafted and the memories he leaves behind.

Bernie Marsden’s contributions have left an indelible mark on rock music, and he will be fondly remembered by fans, friends, and fellow musicians alike.

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