Perry Baggs, drummer and songwriter for award-winning Nashville rockers Jason and the Scorchers, was found dead at his home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee on June 10. Perry had been battling diabetes and kidney failure for many years.
According to the police, the drummer's death appeared to be "natural or medical related", an autopsy would be conducted.
As drummer for the Scorchers, Perry helped popularize Nashville rock music in the 1980s with a blend of punk rock and classic country music.
The band formed in Nashville in 1981 and released several albums on EMI and A&M Records. After being dropped from their second major label, the Scorchers disbanded in 1990.
In 1993 the Scorchers reformed, though Perry's health problems eventually forced him off the drums. He was followed up by Swedish sticksman Pontus Snibb.
Perry played drums for the Scorchers for the final time at the Ryman Auditorium in 2008, when the band received a lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Association during its annual awards show.
Perry Baggs is survived by his a daughter, three sisters and several nephews.