Founding Judas Priest guitarist passes away, founding Judas Priest singer Al Atkins tweeted the following on the topic:

 

Judas Priest was formed back in 1969 with Ernie Chataway, Al Atkins, bassist Bruno Stapenhill and drummer John Partridge.  That version of the band broke up in 1970, and that's when Al Atkins connected with now legendary bassist  Ian Hill and guitarist K.K. Downing.