The guitarist has played with the band for the last six years after joining in 2009. He confirmed the news in a hand-written letter posted on his official website and explained that he will spend his time focuses on his own band Sixx:A.M.
The note reads: “It is with a very heavy heart and yet great pride that I announce that I’ve decided to close this chapter of my life and encapsulate the wonderful times that I’ve shared with Guns N’Roses into fond memories”.
Ashba also took time out to pay special tribute to his Guns N’ Roses frontman: “I want to take a moment to thank Axl [Rose] from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me. You are a true friend and a champion of mine and I am forever grateful. And even as I move on to pursue other endeavors, I will always remain one of your biggest fans.”