Early AC/DC bassist Neil Smith passed away on April 7 after a battle with cancer. 

Smith was a member of the hard rock legends for a brief time in 1974 while AC/DC was experiencing a number of lineup changes. The Australian legends would eventually lock in Mark Evans on the bass in 1975, but Smith's career continued as he became a member of Rose Tattoo in 1978.

A statement on Neil Smith's Facebook page reads as follows:

Neil Smith passed away in the early hours of the morning, Sunday the 7th of April 2013. He was sleeping peacefully and surrounded by family. Neil is now in peace and is no longer battling with cancer. There is not a person out there who has met him and not felt like their lives were better for the experience. He was a loving and devoted father, a loyal friend and all round generous person. He was larger than life, and his passing will be felt. Thanks to all his friends for their support and love, especially during the final stages of his life.