Tributes are being paid to Greg Gilbert, the lead singer of indie band Delays, following his dying from most cancers aged 44.
His brother Aaron, the band’s keyboard participant, confirmed the information in a press release posted on social media and thanked followers for his or her assist over the previous couple of years.
Greg had been recognized with bowel most cancers in 2016. In August, he mentioned his therapy had stopped, and he was being cared for at a hospice.
He died on Thursday with household by his aspect.
In his tribute, Aaron remembered his “brother and greatest buddy” and mentioned it was “his want that he carried on residing by way of your audio system from horizon to horizon”.
He mentioned: “Greg died surrounded within the infinite love that us and all of you may have given him on this journey, and we are going to by no means have the ability to totally specific how a lot it meant to him (and all of us) to have you ever by our aspect lifting us up like a winged military.
“Your messages, your encouragement and your compassion have been our oxygen for the final 5 years.”
Aaron mentioned his brother “all the time can be in our melodies” and added: “Thanks for sharing our grief, and for making it simpler to hold at instances whilst you have been firefighting battles of your individual, and thanks for making Greg such a particular particular person in your lives. I am so glad all of us existed on the identical time.
“We’re solely short-term, let’s make our short-term extraordinary.”
Delays fashioned in Southampton within the early 2000s, initially below the identify Corky, and went on to launch 4 albums between 2004 and 2010.
A crowdfunding attraction to pay for additional therapy for Greg, arrange by his spouse Stacey Heale, had raised greater than £215,000. Followers had additionally been donating to the Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton.
Ms Heale mentioned her husband had “gently slipped away into the celebrities”.
“Greg was a rare human – not of this world, I am positive of that,” she mentioned in tribute in a publish on Fb.
“He informed me to all the time imagine in magic, that I’ll by no means be alone as a result of it’s all round us. My coronary heart is damaged however filled with magic.”