Poet and lyricist Robert Hunter, known for his work with the Grateful Dead, has died at age 78. Hunter's family shared a statement with Rolling Stone:

It is with great sadness we confirm our beloved Robert passed away yesterday night. He died peacefully at home in his bed, surrounded by love. His wife Maureen was by his side holding his hand.

For his fans that have loved and supported him all these years, take comfort in knowing that his words are all around us, and in that way he is never truly gone. In this time of grief please celebrate him the way you all know how, by being together and listening to the music.

Robert wrote the lyrics for such Grateful Dead classics as "Box of Rain," "Ripple," "Terrapin Station," "Truckin'," "Uncle John's Band" and "Touch of Grey." He and Jerry Garcia first met each other in 1961 and played together in bluegrass groups before Hunter chose to focus on his writing. He collaborated with the Dead from their 1965 beginnings, and became an officially non-performing band member and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1994 as a member of the band. Hunter also worked with Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and many others.

Rest in peace, Robert.