The music world lost an absolute legend this week, as Billy Hinsche, known for his collaborations with Dino Martin Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr. before he joined The Beach Boys, died of cancer at the age of 70.
According to Fox News, Actress Lucie Arnaz, a longtime friend and brother of Desi Arnaz Jr., announced the passing of the music star in a social media post, adding that he passed as a result of Giant cell carcinoma, which he only found out he was diagnosed with a few weeks ago.
“One of the finest humans, friends, storytellers and musicians, on the entire planet just went home to rest. Billy Hinsche has died. 70 years young.Giant cell carcinoma. Only diagnosed a couple weeks ago. It ravaged him like an out of control train, ” Arnaz wrote.
She added: He was my brother, Desi’s, oldest and closest friend. In their rock group from the 60’s, he was Dino, Desi and Billy’s most talented member. He had never stopped working as a musician. Played with every incarnation of The Beach Boys for decades. And, during COVID, performed a wonderful show each and every week from his home in Henderson, NV. called ‘Billy’s Place.'”
“All of us who had the pleasure of knowing him will miss his jovial nature and immense talent and sense of humor,” Arnaz added. “RIP Friend. We Love You Always.”
Hinsche built an impressive resume during his long stretch in the music business, including working with other stars like Joan Jett, Warren Zevon, America, and many more.
RIP Billy Hinsche, we love you and will miss you dearly 😢 pic.twitter.com/1wSVegeked
— Al Jardine (@ALANJARDINE) November 21, 2021
He was born in Manila, Philippines, and moved to Beverly Hills, California with his parents in 1951. Incredibly, it was high school where he met Dean Martin Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr., who he would later work with on a number of projects.
Aside from his work in the music business, Hinsche also produced several documentaries that covered his time working with The Beach Boys.