"We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death," the family stated.
The news was broken by his girl's Louise on her Facebook page prior tonight. In a short articulation she stated:
"It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously. Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori."
Holdsworth rose to noticeable quality with the prog band 'Igginbottom, who released their sole album, Igginbottom's Wrench in 1969. After stretches with early prog groups Nucleus and Tempest he later would work with Soft Machine, Tony Williams' Lifetime, Gong, Jean-Luc Ponty and Bill Bruford. He was a unique individual from the prog band U.K. close by Bruford, John Wetton and Eddie Jobson, yet left after their 1978 introduction collection.
Albeit Velvet Darkness was in 1976, Holdsworth did not remember it as an official release, so 1982's I.O.U. was what he saw as his introduction solo trip. His performance work has as of late been the subject of a case set, The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever, and a gathering CD Eidolon: The Allan Holdsworth Collection, both discharged on declaration Records. As a guitarist he was referred to by any semblance of Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson and John Petrucci as a noteworthy impact, while Mahavishnu Orchestra guitarist John McLaughlin once said of him:
"I'd steal everything Allan was doing if only I could figure out what the heck it was that he was doing."