Bay City Rollers bassist Alan Longmuir dies, aged 70

Alan Longmuir, the bassist of cult Scottish band The Bay City Rollers, has died aged 70.

Following a short illness, Longmuir passed away in hospital “surrounded by loved ones” after a short illness he contracted while in Mexico just two weeks ago.

Longmuir, who founded the Bay City Rollers in 60s alongside his younger brother Derek, enjoyed multiple hits with the band before being replaced at the height of their fame in the 1970s. However, he returned to the band just two years after departing and continued to make music with his sibling.

“Having worked closely with Alan for the last seven years I am devastated by the news he has left us,” close friend Liam Rudden said. “Alan was one of the most gentle, generous and kind-hearted people I have ever known,” he added.

“He touched the lives of everyone he met with a smile that made them feel special, insisting that despite his amazing adventures in life he was still just ‘a plumber from Edinburgh’.”

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