Neil Smith, an early bassist for hard rock legends AC/DC, died today (April 7) after battling cancer. The news was reported on the Australian rocker's official Facebook page.

Smith had briefly been a member of AC/DC in 1974 when the band underwent a number of lineup changes before locking in Mark Evans for their 1975 debut album 'High Voltage.' In addition to his stint with AC/DC, Smith had been a member of Rose Tattoo in 1978.

The statement on Neil Smith's Facebook page (via NineMSN) reads as follows:

Neil Smith passed away in the early hours of the morning, Sunday the 7th of April 2013. He was sleeping peacefully and surrounded by family. Neil is now in peace and is no longer battling with cancer. There is not a person out there who has met him and not felt like their lives were better for the experience. He was a loving and devoted father, a loyal friend and all round generous person. He was larger than life, and his passing will be felt. Thanks to all his friends for their support and love, especially during the final stages of his life.

Loudwire would like to offer its condolences to Neil Smith's family and friends.