Ronnie Tutt, the former drummer of Elvis Presley, has died aged 83.

The Presley family announced this on Sunday via a message on


with a photo of the musician.

Tutt played drums with the TCB Band for Presley from 1969 until The King's death in 1977.

Afterwards, Tutt played with Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers and Neil Diamond, among others, who even asked him to come and play drums for him permanently.

"Ronnie was a very friendly and kind man who was often seen at festivals and conventions about Elvis," the Presley family wrote in the message.

"He will be greatly missed by many. Our thoughts go out to his wife Donna, his family and close friends. Rest in peace Ronnie, thanks for the music!"