By Clark Collis
December 10, 2011 at 08:18 PM EST
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Willie Nelson’s longtime bassist Dan “Bee” Spears has died from exposure after slipping and falling outside his motor home in Nashville on Thursday night, according to Rolling Stone.

Spears, who was 62, played bass with Nelson for more than 40 years and can be heard on such classic albums as 1975’s Red Head Stranger and 1978’s Stardust.

The following message paying tribute to Spears was posted yesterday on Nelson’s website: “We are deeply saddened by the death of Family member Dan ‘Bee’ Spears, long time friend and bassist for Willie Nelson and Family. We are still in shock and gathering details as the day continues. He apparently died of accidental exposure at his property near Nashville, Tenn.”

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