Dec. 21, 1946 - Feb. 6, 1998

A statement from the Beach Boys Fan Club:

"We are greatly saddened to report that Carl Wilson, lead guitarist and founding member of The Beach Boys, has died from complications of lung cancer. He was 51. Carl is best known for his strong, soulful, and angelic voice, featured in songs like "God Only Knows," "Good Vibrations," "Darlin'," "I Can Hear Music," "Feel Flows," "Long Promised Road," "Wild Honey," and "Heaven." Carl is survived by his wife Gina, his sons Jonah and Justyn, and his brother Brian.

Close friend Billy Hinsche said of Carl: "My best friend, bandmate and mentor, Carl Wilson, passed away yesterday Feb. 6, 1998. I told Carl how many of you had posted messages of concern in the past few months. He was grateful for your positive thoughts and prayers. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and in your hearts at this time."

BBFC President Alice says: "I had the privilege of knowing Carl personally. I have never known a more loving and considerate person. Carl was always thinking of someone else."

By Gina Wilson and the family's request, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society, Los Angeles Unit, 3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 701, Los Angeles, CA 90010. Specify "in memory of Carl Wilson."

Condolences may be sent to Carl's family and the other members of the Beach Boys via BB management at: c/o Brother Records Inc., 4860 San Jacinto Circle, Fallbrook, CA 92028.

Condolences may be sent to Brian Wilson via his personal fan club at: Brian Wilson, c/o Break Away, 2049 Century Park East, Suite 2450, Los Angeles, CA 90067 or via email through Break Away at"

From Brian Wilson:
"The world has lost a beautiful voice and one of the most spiritual people I've ever known. It goes without saying we are all going to miss him very much. I could not have made the music I did in my life without Carl by my side. I can't believe that I'm never going to get to sing with him again. He was tremendously supportive of my efforts. In honor of his memory, I'm dedicating my future music to my brother Carl."
The official Beach Boys Fan Club web site pays tribute to Carl

Van Dyke Parks' tribute to Carl on his web site

A fan's tribute site for Carl

Another fan's tribute to Carl