Elo Star Groucutt Dies
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA star KELLY GROUCUTT has died at the age of 62.
The bassist passed away following a heart attack on Thursday (19Feb09) afternoon.
Groucutt's management confirmed the news in a statement, saying: "Our hearts and thoughts go out to (wife) Anna and Kelly's family. He touched all of our lives with his love, kindness and generosity as well as his talent for music and song.
"He was a true and wonderful friend who loved every second of life, and he will be greatly missed by us all."
Groucutt joined the experimental rock group in 1974 and went on to become a fans' favourite, providing vocals for several hit tracks including 1975's Nightrider and Sweet Is the Night in 1977.
The musician contributed to six albums throughout his decade-long career with ELO and released his own self-titled solo disc, Kelly, in 1982.
Groucutt quit the band a year later in 1983 following a disagreement over royalty payments. He subsequently sued band leader Jeff Lynne and their management over the dispute and was awarded a $435,000 (£300,000) out-of-court settlement.
He is survived by his wife, Anna-Maria Bialaga, four children and two grandchildren.