Slash has paid tribute to his "cool rock and roll" mother, who passed away last week.

The guitarist credited Ola Hudson - who was previously a costume designer for a host of musicians, including Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Diana Ross, and once dated David Bowie - with keeping him grounded and says she was responsible for all his creative influences growing up.

He wrote on his MySpace blog: "Hello all, as some of you may already know my mom (Ola Hudson) died 6:30am last Friday morning (05.06.09) of Lung Cancer.

"This is a difficult time, but I have to share with you that she was the sweetest, warmest, most loving human being I've ever known (next to my grandmother on her side), as well as one of the most creative and talented. She was also the coolest Rock and Roll mom a Rock junkie like myself could ever possibly want to have. She was responsible for exposing me to a lot of the music that would influence me as a musician growing up. As well as introducing me to "the life" and priming me to survive this crazy business that I'm now in.

"But more importantly, she turned me on to all different forms of art and the importance of artistic self expression and creative communication thru music and dance from as early on as I can remember. She really was all things artistic and creative personified and the world is a lesser place without her. (sic)"

The 43-year-old rocker - real name SAUL HUDSON - admitted he is still struggling to come to terms with her passing but thanked fans for their support.

He added: "I still haven't grasped fully that she is gone and this is going to take some time to process. But, I have gotten a lot of really genuine condolences from many of you and I want to tell you that I appreciate it more than you can possibly know. My family and I thank you for your support."

Ola, who was 62 when she died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, also had another son, Albion 'Ash' Hudson, 38, with ex-husband Anthony Hudson.