(Yahoo!) - Veteran producer/engineer Andy Jones, who worked on some of the most acclaimed albums in the history of rock, died Sunday of unknown causes. He was 61.
British-born Johns' list of credits includes titles by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and others. Prior to being hospitalized last week, he was working on a forthcoming project by L.A. Guns guitarist Stacey Blades.
Although no cause of death was available as of this writing, Blades -- who was the last artist to work with Johns -- said, "His body just gave out. It was his time to go, I guess. He was battling health issues for about eight months. Andy and I were extremely close. I am just gutted today of his passing."
While in his teens, Johns dropped his dreams of rock stardom and opted to follow the footsteps of his older brother Glyn Johns, whose credits include work with The Who, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and the Eagles. One of his first gigs was serving as the second engineer on the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Axis: Bold as Love. Yet it was albums by Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones that made him a legend.