Beach Boy Brian Wilson reacts to the death of Nicky Wonder

Brian Wilson, co-founder of The Beach Boys, has paid tribute to longtime collaborator Nick Wonder who died at the age of 59.

Wonder, the guitarist of Los Angeles pop group Wondermints, formed the band in 1992 and has regularly performed with many of popular music’s most iconic names.

While little is known about the cause of Wonders’ death, Wilson paid tribute with a statement posted to his official website.

“Today is a sad sad day,” Wilson wrote. “It is with my deepest regret to tell you that our beloved Nicky Wonder passed away last night in his sleep. We are in a state of shock as you can imagine. But we are going to honor him with tonight’s show.

“Nicky was my favorite guitar player ever. I always loved the way he used his fingers. He was a real Rock and Roll guy and great singer too. He was a friendly and very nice person and he was really really funny. He had the best sense of humor. We are all crying today, he will be missed beyond words.”

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