Jack Sonni Obituary, Death – Former guitarist for the legendary rock band Dire Straits, Jack Sonni, passed away in the United States on August 31 at the age of 68. The death of the Pennsylvania-born musician, who was born in 1954, has been reported on social media by the music industry and the musician’s former band. The musician’s precise cause of death is unknown. The American guitarist, a significant contributor to Dire Straits’ success during many of their active years, had been experiencing health issues for several months, but little had transpired since then.
On their social media accounts, the band to which Jack Sonni belonged expressed their condolences. The band tweeted “Jack Sonni, rest in peace” alongside a black-and-white photo of the guitarist at one of his first concerts with the American band. He joined Dire Straits in 1984, a year prior to the publication of one of their most popular albums, ‘Brothers in Arms’. Sonni had a solid academic foundation, having studied literature at the University of Connecticut in the United States, but he dropped out in order to enroll at the Hartford Conservatory. Sonni encountered the band’s guitarist and leader, Mark Knopfler, in London and was asked to join the group following Hal Lindes’ departure.
Sonni and Knopfler recorded ‘Brothers in Arms’ and, along with the rest of the band, went on tour; one of their most memorable performances was ‘Live Aid’ at Wembley Stadium in 1985. After leaving the band in 1988, Sonni became the commercial director of music technology at Line 6 and founded a second band, The Leisure Class, with whom he performed less frequently as he focused on his other responsibilities. Due to the recent nature of Jack Sonni’s demise, the cause of death is currently unknown. On Tuesday, just two days before his death, it was announced that he would not be performing with the Dire Straits Legacy “due to health problems.”