A message from his family announcing his death was posted on his website (AlvinLee.com), stating:
"With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure. We have lost a wonderful much loved father and companion. The world has lost a truly great and gifted musician."
For most of the rock generation, Lee -- and his sticker filled cherry red Gibson 335 -- will always be remembered for Ten Years After's show-stopping performance of "I'm Goin' Home" from the 1969 Woodstock movie and soundtrack, along with the band's sole Top 40 hit and FM rock staple, 1971's "I'd Love To Change The World" which peaked at Number 40. Ten Years After formed in 1966 and took its name to commemorate the year in which Elvis Presley broke worldwide -- 1956.