Steve Lee, the frontman for Swiss rock band Gotthard was killed when a tractor-trailer skidded into his parked motorcycle on a rainy Nevada highway northeast of Las Vegas on Tuesday.
The 47-year-old Stefan Alois Lee and a group of at least eight other motorcyclists had pulled to the side of Interstate 15 to put on rain clothing at about 5:15 p.m. PT Tuesday, the Nevada Highway Patrol said. The semitrailer, driven by 27-year-old Edwin Zuk of Illinois, swerved and the trailer slammed into a parked Harley-Davidson motorcycle that hit Steve Lee.
“It was just a freak accident,” a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Joseph Fackrell said.
Steve Lee was pronounced dead at the scene, about 100 kilometres north of Las Vegas and 16 kilometres south of the Nevada-Arizona border town of Mesquite, Fackrell said.
Steve Lee was the frontman for Gotthard, one of Switzerland’s most successful bands, selling millions of albums. It has played alongside bands such as Deep Purple, Whitesnake and Bon Jovi.
Steve Lee was among 21 tourists including Gotthard bassist Marc Lynn and Lee’s girlfriend, Brigitte Voss-Balzarini, who arrived in the United States on the weekend, said Jan Bayati of German music management company Bottom Row. No one else was injured in the crash.
Bayati said: “Lee wasn’t just one of the best voices in rock, he also had an extraordinary personality.”