DAVID WILLIAMS, a top session guitarist who performed with Madonna, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and Jessica Simpson, has died at the age of 58.
Williams was admitted to the Sentara Hospital in Hampton, Virginia last week (begs02Mar09), suffering from complications from high blood pressure. He slipped into a coma and passed away on Friday (06Mar09).
The circumstances of Williams' death have infuriated his grieving family, who claim he was mistreated by hospital staff because he had no medical cover.
A friend tells the New York Post that family members were urged to "pull the plug because he had no medical insurance".
The pal continues, "This man was a Vietnam veteran and gave his life to music. The hospital was despicable at best over his lack of insurance."
Music industry bodies have also been criticised for failing to help. A source adds, "What about NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences)? What about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? They collect huge amounts of money every year to help musicians in David's situation - and they throw themselves parties instead. It's disgusting."
Williams is survived by four children with his ex-wife Deborah.