MERIDIAN, MISS. -

John Christopher "Chris" Ethridge II, a Mississippi-born musician, bassist and songwriter who was a founding member of the 1960s country-rock band "The Flying Burrito Brothers," has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 65.

Born and raised in Meridian, Ethridge moved to Los Angeles when he was 17. Ethridge collaborated with another seminal Southern music figure, Gram Parsons, on several projects, including the Flying Burrito Brothers and the International Submarine Band, and he co-wrote several of Parsons' solo tunes.