Elton John's bass player found dead

Sir Elton John with his husband David Furnish. Picture: AFP

LOS ANGELES - Robert Wayne Birch, a backup musician and bass player for Elton John, was found dead in Los Angeles area on Wednesday after an apparent suicide.

It is alleged Birch shot himself in the head.

Los Angeles County Assistant Coroner Chief Ed Winter said Birch's body was found after 1am in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles.

The case is "being investigated as a possible suicide," Winter said.

Birch, who also played saxophone, worked as the bass player in John's band starting in the early 1990s, opening the door for Birch to play with other famous musicians and bands such as Billy Joel, Keith Emerson, and The Replacements.