The band’s guitarist Billy Gibbons and its drummer Frank Beard announced Hill’s passing in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
"We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, Texas,” the wrote.
“We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top'. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C’.
“You will be missed greatly, amigo.”
Fans and figures across the music industry started sharing tributes to Hill shortly after the news of his death broke.
“RIP DUSTY HILL I love you forever,” comedian Rob Delaney wrote on Twitter. “Your bass was so loud at one show it made my wife puke. You were half of rock n roll’s greatest EVER rhythm section & a hell of a songwriter.”
RIP DUSTY HILL I love you forever. Your bass was so loud at one show it made my wife puke. You were half of rock n roll’s greatest EVER rhythm section & a hell of a songwriter. https://t.co/3WruUsejtl
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) July 28, 2021
So sad to hear about Dusty Hill. An all-time great bass player, and a rock and roll institution. Breaks my heart. @ZZTop
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) July 28, 2021
Today we lost a great friend and a remarkable Texan.
ZZ Top’s Bassist Dusty Hill Dead at 72
Truly a music legend. https://t.co/VVkJ67E7lN
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 28, 2021
We lost a good one today and fellow Texan. RIP Dusty Hill pic.twitter.com/cQmIWE0NYX
— Eli Young Band (@EliYoungBand) July 28, 2021
Love this early picture of Dusty Hill and a clean-shaven Billy Gibbons. pic.twitter.com/r8XntToI0S
— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) July 28, 2021
“So sad to hear about Dusty Hill,” singer-songwriter Jason Isbell tweeted. “An all-time great bass player, and a rock and roll institution. Breaks my heart.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott also shared a message honouring the musician, a native of Dallas.
“Today we lost a great friend and a remarkable Texan,” Abbott wrote, describing Hill as “truly a music legend”.