The son of Tim Bachman, founding member of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, confirmed the Canadian rock icon’s last words while confirming that his father died at the age of 71.
“My father died this afternoon,” Ryder Bachman wrote on Facebook on April 28. “Thank you everyone for your kind words. I’m grateful that I was finally able to spend some time with him. Take the ones you love and hug them tight, you never know how much time you have left.”
Tim Bachman founded the band in the early 1970s with his brothers Randy and Robbie Bachman and Fred Turner. He was a member of the band on their first two albums in 1973, but left the band a year later and was replaced by Blair Thornton in 1974.
Tim later rejoined the group in 1984.
The band inspired generations with their rock rhythms, including the 1973s. Taking Care of Business, Let it go and the 1974s you didn’t see anything‘ Yest have all remained iconic songs to this day.
Tim’s last words were, “I love you Paxton, Share the Music,” according to his son Ryder, who shared on Facebook that he received a call from his father’s care unit on Wednesday. Say goodbye to him and give my last regards.
According to Ryder, after an emergency surgery, doctors discovered that the cancer was “rigged all over his brain.”
“I sat with my father yesterday afternoon and remembered some of the good times we had. He was pretty out of the way most of the time, but at one point he looked at me with really big eyes and said, “I love you Paxton, keep sharing the music…” and then he passed out again, said Ryder.
“It’s really hard to watch your parent lie helpless and sick in bed, and there’s nothing you can do to help them. You’re breaking my heart.”