Songwriter, saxophonist, and gounding member of legendary music band, UB40, Brian Travers had died at the age of 62.
Travers’ surviving band members confirmed that the musician died at his home in Moseley on Monday, August 23.
Travers co-founded UB40 in 1978 with his bandmates from various schools across Birmingham, choosing their name as a reference to a form issued to people claiming unemployment benefits at the time.
The band produced hits including Red Red Wine and Falling In Love With You and has sold 100million albums worldwide.
Travers’ last performance with the band was at a concert in December 2019 held at the Arena Birmingham.
The Band said in a statement: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our comrade, brother, founding UB40 member and musical legend, Brian David Travers.
‘Brian passed away yesterday evening after a long and heroic battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with Brian’s wife Lesley, his daughter Lisa and son Jamie.’
They added: ‘We are all devastated by this news and ask that you respect the family’s need for privacy at this time.’