Guitarist had a brief but notable stint with the glam rock group KISS and founded the band White Tiger.
He began playing the guitar at the age of sixteen.
Before KISS, he worked as a guitar teacher with some very well-known students, though he always kept their identities confidential.
He had two siblings, a brother named Michael and a sister named Kathleen.
He was in David Hasselhoff's music video for "Is Everyone Happy."