James Broad, the lead singer and guitarist of indie pop band Silver Sun, has passed away.
The sad news was confirmed by Broad’s official Twitter on October 30, a social media channel which confirmed that the musician was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for a terminal cancer diagnosis. “We’re sad to announce that James died peacefully earlier this week with Lu by his side,” a statement said. “He’ll be missed by us all.”
The band, who formed in 1995 in Camden by Broad and Richard Buckton, Paul Smith and Richard Sayce, released their self-titled debut album in 1997 and went on to sign a two-album deal with a major label before moving to an independent as their loyal fanbase tracked their progress.
While Silver Sun struggled to earn major commercial success following their breakthrough, the band did continue to work closely together across six studio albums in a career that lasted over 20 years. After releasing their first two records through Polydor, they then moved to Invisible Hands Music for three more projects before moving into a period of hiatus. However, after seven years away, the band got back together to writer, record and self-release their final album, Switzerland, earlier this year in what his Broad’s final creative work.
Following the sad news, fans have taken to social media to pay their tributes to the musician. “Terribly sad to hear this news, James wrote some of the greatest songs in my collection and Silver Sun were always sheer joy to watch. Adorable man, huge talent, he’ll be sorely missed,” Mark Beaumont wrote.
“I’m awfully sorry to hear this,” Benjamin Wright added.” Really lovely guy and a unique and ridiculously talented songwriter. Photograph from the last album has been given a loud airing tonight in honour of James.”