Musician, columnist Rose dies in Arizona

Monday, March 21, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:29 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Forrest Rose, 48, a musician and a columnist for the Columbia Daily Tribune, died early Sunday in Arizona while on tour with the band Perfect Strangers.

Rose collapsed about 1:30 a.m. MST while attending a jam session at a friend’s house after a performance. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at a Phoenix-area hospital. The cause of death was not immediately available.

Perfect Strangers had appeared earlier that night at an auditorium in nearby Avondale, Ariz., along with performers Buddy and Kim Tharp.

“They had a great show last night,” Buddy Tharp said. The band performed on Friday evening, the first of a two-stop engagement in Arizona.

Rose was an accomplished musician, a stand-up bassist who played with acclaimed bluegrass and folk performers, including Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys and singer-songwriter David Olney. A fixture on the Columbia music scene, Rose has played with numerous local bands, most recently the Rank Sinatras and New Madrid Earthquake, a blues quartet.

Rose, a graduate of the MU School of Journalism, was a reporter for the Tribune before becoming a columnist. He wrote about a wide range of topics in his weekly column, including the city’s marijuana initiative, city growth, the name change of Missouri State University, spring gardening and national policy.

Rose also worked for MU Extension as an agriculture information specialist.

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