A beloved US musician and his wife have been found dead near California under mysterious circumstances.

Larry Petree and his wife Betty, who had been married for more than 60 years, were found dead on a desert road in a bizarre tragedy, leaving family members wondering what happened.

“When deputies arrived, they found the bodies of an adult male sitting in the driver’s seat and adult female leaning against the rear tire,” the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said.

Criminal activity is not suspected in the case, so homicide detectives didn‘t respond to the scene, while investigators added that it appeared the couple had run out of petrol.

It is unclear where the couple were heading, and an official cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Larry was known for his musical talents and played the pedal steel guitar, contributing to the iconic Bakersfield Sound era.

He was playing shows in the area up until his passing, with Larry‘s final show being with a band called The Soda Crackers.

“We had the honour of having Larry as our steel guitarist at our first ever show in Bakersfield and had the even greater honour of playing with him for his last show a few weeks ago,” the band wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.

“We send our condolences to the Petree family and the greater Bakersfield Sound community.”

Larry’s cousin, Laurie Sanders, told The Californian that Larry had been disoriented recently and got lost when attending his own gig.

He failed to show up for the performance, and a family friend had to pick him up and take him to the concert.

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This article first appeared on OverSixty.