Australian guitarist Phil Emmanuel has died at the age of 65, following an asthma attack.
Emmanuel, the brother of guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, reportedly died in Parkes, New South Wales on Thursday, while staying with his brother Darcy Emmanuel.
“On behalf of the family, it is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our much loved brother, Philip Ernest Emmanuel,” Darcy said in a statement (via Fairfax Media).
“We are all devastated.
“This comes on top of the loss of our sister Virginia Grace on April 14, aged 69.
“Philip and Virginia were virtually joined at the hip and I don’t think either one would have been able to live without the other.”
Phil Emmanuel was scheduled to perform at the Cootamundra Hotel this weekend. He is survived by his wife Amanda and children Jessie Maree, Jamie Lee, Georgia Dee and Marshall Travis.