Ian Gibbons, The Kinks’ keyboard player for nearly 20 years, has passed away at the age of 67.
Gibbons’ death has been confirmed by his bandmates in numerous different tributes posted to social media. While details of his course of death have not been revealed, the band did confirm that Gibbons passed away at his home on Thursday.
Taking to social media to confirm the news, frontman Ray Davies said: “To simply say Ian will be missed would be an understatement. My first thoughts are for his family and loved ones.”
“Ray called me this morning to break the news,’ Dave Davies said on an Instagram post of the group, in which he has put a heart around Ian’s face.
“Totally devastated by the sudden loss.”
Gibbons, who joined the band 15 years after they became mainstream successful, played consistently with the group from 1979 to 1996.
The Kinks drummer Mick Avory said: “I’ve known and worked with Ian for 40 years and I shall always remember him as a good friend and great musician.
“I will miss him so much, especially as we were still working together. It’s so sad he had to go so quickly before anyone could say goodbye.”
Reminiscing about the time when Gibbons joined the band, Davies told PA: “When he auditioned for the band, he only played a few chords before I knew he was the right guy to have on keyboard—he seemed to know the right voicing to musically slot in between the other members of the band. And with The Kinks that took some doing.”
He added: “He was also was a brilliant accordion player and, apparently, a bit of a childhood prodigy on that instrument. In the studio, he would willingly try out the most random musical idea I would throw at him.”