Tributes to Ranking Roger pour in as The Beat singer dies aged 56

Tributes to Ranking Roger pour in as The Beat singer dies aged 56

TRIBUTES have poured in for Ranking Roger after he died today aged 56.

The reggae singer, whose real name is Roger Charlery, was best known for being in two-tone band The Beat and later General Public.

Announcing the sad news, The Beat wrote on Twitter: "RIP @RankingRoger who sadly past away peacefully at home with family by his side early today. Roger was a fighter."

Fellow musicians rushed to share their condolences and Billy Bragg was one of the first to respond, tweeting "Very sorry to hear that ranking Roger has passed away. Rest easy, Rude Boy."

While the official UB40 page shared: "R.I.P Ranking Roger, Big Love UB40."

UB40 vocalist Matt Hoy wrote: "Rest in Peace Ranking Roger, such sad news!! Lovely guy… Way to young!! Condolences to his family."

RIP @RankingRoger who sadly past away peacefully at home with family by his side early today. Roger was a fighter. ❤️? pic.twitter.com/lIOh2XwFwx

Very sorry to hear that Ranking Roger has passed away. Rest easy, Rude Boy https://t.co/dQXifw7J9c

R.I.P

Ranking Roger

Big Love
UB40 pic.twitter.com/QOdb5EsLfb

RIP Roger Charlery aka Ranking Roger.

“Goodnight sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”. pic.twitter.com/6kVr49cJJH

Rest in Peace Ranking Roger, such sad news!! Lovely guy… Way to young!! Condolences to his family ??

The Specials bassist Horace Panter tweeted: "So sad to hear this. Sincere condolences to Angie, his children and fellow band members. Too young. #RIP Roger… good memories! Horace & Clare X"

And musician Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly wrote: "Ranking Roger was a legend. Loved by many on and off stage. Sad news."

Ranking Roger was a legend. Loved by many on and off stage. Sad news.

So sad to hear this. Sincere condolences to Angie, his children and fellow band members. Too young. #RIP Roger… good memories! Horace & Clare X https://t.co/TziOkLzrZJ

Feel very sad about this. RIP Roger.♥️ pic.twitter.com/bv5o3s6MAq

In January this year it was revealed that Charlery had suffered a stroke over the summer and was diagnosed with two brain tumours and lung cancer.The late singer was born in Birmingham and became a Punk rock fan as a teen and went on to play the drums in the Nam Nam boys before joining ska revival band The Beats in the late 70s.

In the 1990s, he joined the band The Specials which he transformed into Special Beat which released two live albums.





 




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