Robert Wayne Birch Suicide Robert Wayne Birch found in a lifeless condition on Wednesday (15/8) in Los Angeles. Gunshot wound in his head raises a presumption that he committed suicide. As reported by the Dailymail, Elton John’s bass player was found in one corner of his house, located in San Fernando. He allegedly shot himself in the head. TMZ reported that there was no death messages around the body. In addition, the victim also did not show signs of drug use. Robert died at the age of 56 years. His death was at once put an end to his career with Elton that has lasted 20 years.