Paul Matters dead – former AC/DC bass player passes away due to 'health problems related to his rock n roll lifestyle'

THE FORMER AC/DC bass guitarist Paul Matters has died from health issues related to rock 'n' roll lifestyle, a friend has said.

The rockstar's death was announced by his pal Rod Wescombe on Facebook.


He said he lived a "reclusive life in his later years" and his rock 'n' roll lifestyle led to poor health as he got older.

Paul joined the band in 1975 after the release of their High Voltage album.

He had replaced the original bassist Larry Van Kriedt but was sacked within weeks by the late lead singer Bon Scott.

Matters was quickly replaced by Mark Evans.

But his replacement Evans was also sacked from the band three years later in 1977.

Rod wrote on Facebook: "Shocked and sad to hear of the passing of Paul Matters.

"I first met Paul in 1973 when he was playing bass in "Armageddon" at a gig in Hamilton, Newcastle N.S.W.

"When I was living in Toronto he would drop into the house in the late hours to party and he loved to party.

"In late '75 after he departed AC/DC we played together in a one off band called 'Miss Australia Band' at a gig on a ferry on Lake Macquarie."

"I moved to Sunshine on the lake further south and Paul would drop in to chill whenever he was in the area.

"I recall he could always make me laugh when he was in the mood."

Paul has only given one interview since leaving AC/DC and that was for the Bon Scott biography The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back in the Black. 

He said during the interview in 2017: "Bon got out of the back of the truck and told me I wasn't going back to Melbourne with them.

"We were up in Sydney doing a concert for school kids. So I didn't play that day.

"I just turned around and didn't say a word to him. I turned around and walked out."

Matters quit music altogether after he left AC/DC in 1975.

Earlier this year, AC/DC announced their new album 'PWRUP'. 

The rockers uploaded a picture of the new album cover to Twitter, confirming the return of lead guitarist Angus Young, 65, bassist Cliff Williams, 70, and rhythm guitarist Stevie Young, 63.

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