Robert Hunter, the poet and lyricist who wrote the lyrics to some of the Grateful Dead’s most memorable songs, including “Uncle John’s Band,” “Scarlet Begonias” and “Dark Star,” died on Monday night. He was 78.
The death was confirmed in a statement from his family, which did not specify the cause. The statement said:
“It is with great sadness we confirm our beloved Robert passed away yesterday night. He died peacefully at home in his bed, surrounded by love. His wife Maureen was by his side holding his hand.
“For his fans that have loved and supported him all these years, take comfort in knowing that his words are all around us, and in that way he is never truly gone. In this time of grief please celebrate him the way you all know how, by being together and listening to the music.”
A complete obituary will appear shortly.