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Jim Marshall, "The Father of Loud", dies at 88

Billy Gardner

Jim Marshall's creation

“He’s in a better place”

The creator of the Marshall amplifier, Jim Marshall, died at the age of 88.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved founder and leader for the past 50 years, Jim Marshall,” reads a statement on Marshall Amplification’s website. “While mourning the Guv’nor though, we also salute a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life.”

Jim Marshall died in a hospice in London, reported his family to the Associated Press. According to his son Terry Marshall, his father had cancer and suffered numerous strokes.

“My wife and I were with him when he passed away,” Terry Marshall told the Associated Press. “He got cancer toward the end of last year, and had surgery for that, and it came back. He was in a terrible state the last five or six weeks. He’s in a much better place now.”

The Marshall Amp debuted in 1960 and was used by performers Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page.

“Sad to hear we have lost dear friend & innovator Jim Marshall,” wrote Peter Frampton on his Twitter page. “Condolences to Paul & Marshall fam. One of a kind & I will miss him. RIP Jim.”

“R.I.P. Jim Marshall,” tweeted Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx. “You were responsible for some of the greatest audio moments in music’s history and 50% of all our hearing loss …”

Jim Marshall is survived by his children, stepchildren, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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