Keyboardist Dick Decent, who is a close friend of DEF LEPPARD and has joined the band on UK stages to play keyboards during 'When Love & Hate Collide' has passed away. He also had a history of playing with Joe Elliott and Phil Collen in their 2000-2001 CYBERNAUTS project.
Guitarist Vivian Campbell has issued the following statement: "It is with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dick Decent, super-talented musician, friend, and occasional keyboard player for Def Leppard. He was a young man and he should have lived a lot more life. Our time here is short and never fully in our control. Live well and be good to each other."
Prior to a gala benefit Def Leppard held last December, Decent had been struck down with very nasty side effects from a prescription drug called Ciprofloaxin. He had been unable to work either at the university where he lectured, or on stage with the many bands that he had toured with previously. Daily life had become a nightmare of pain. Most days he was unable to even walk the pain was so severe.