Drummie Zeb dead: lead singer of Aswad dies aged 62 as reggae band say 'he's left a huge void' | The Sun

Drummie Zeb dead: lead singer of Aswad dies aged 62 as reggae band say 'he's left a huge void' | The Sun

DRUMMIE Zeb, the lead singer of reggae band Aswad, has died at the age of 62.

The pioneer, born Angus Gaye, has "left a huge void," his bandmates said today as they confirmed the tragic news.

They said in a statement: "It is with deepest regret and profound loss that we have to announce the passing of our brother Angus ‘Drummie’ Gaye.

"Drummie was the lead vocalist for the iconic band Aswad and is much loved and respected by both family, friends and peers alike.

"More information will be given at a later time but on behalf of his family and Aswad – we ask that their privacy is respected at this heart-breaking time.

"Drummie has left us to join our ancestors and leaves a huge void both personally and professionally."

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Tributes have since poured in for Drummie, with UB40's Ali Campbell leading the heartfelt messages.

He wrote on Twitter: "Very sad to hear the passing of Aswads Drummie Zeb. We’ve lost another U.K Reggae pioneer.

"Deepest condolences go out to all of the Aswad family @TheRealAswad. Big Love."

Another fan wrote: "Devastated to hear about the passing of an absolute legend and huge inspiration – Drummie Zeb was special. RIP."

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A third wrote: "Aswad were absolute trailblazers when it came to British reggae and I love that had commercial success without losing their roots."

Someone else said: "One of my favourite groups, fronted by a very special man."

Aswad began performing in the 1970s, releasing 21 albums in total and touring around the world.

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After 16 years, bandmember Forde left the band in 1996 for spiritual reasons, leaving Drummie as the only founding member.

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