Ronnie Montrose: Death ruled as suicide

The death of guitarist Ronnie Montrose was ruled a suicide, a San Mateo County coroner spokesman has said.

Montrose, 64, died from a self-inflected gunshot wound at his home in Brisbane on March 3. His family had initially said the cause of death was complications from prostate cancer, even though the guitarist had assured his fans the disease was in remission.

Shortly after the coroner's report went public, a statement was posted to Montrose's official website. It read, in part: "By now, the devastating truth of Ronnie's death is public knowledge. We hope you can understand why we wanted to keep this news a private family matter for as long as possible."

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