The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting the death of Ronnie Montrose has been ruled a suicide. The San Mateo County corner's office revealed Montrose took his own life with a gun at his residence in California.The report also showed a blood alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit in California at time of death. The family did post a message on the guitarist  website after the report was made public.

 

"We hope you can understand why we wanted to keep this news a private family matter for as long as possible.  We can only hope that you will choose to celebrate Ronnie's life, and what his music meant to you, rather than mourn his passing.  Ronnie would have wanted it that way."

A tribute concert featuring Sammy Hagar and many other artist that worked with Ronnie is scheduled for San Francisco's Regency Ballroom on the 27th.