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UB40’s saxophonist and songwriter Brian Travers dies aged 62


UB40 have released an official statement detailing that their saxophonist and songwriter Brian Travers has died at the age of 62. 

The statement reads: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our comrade, brother, founding UB40 member and musical legend Brian David Travers.” 

Adding: “Brian passed away yesterday evening [22nd of August] after a long and heroic battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with Brian’s wife, Lesley, his daughter, Lisa, and son, Jamie. We are all devastated by this news and ask that you respect the family’s need for privacy at this time.”

Travers was a founding member of the band back in 1978 with various friends from his native Birmingham.

Over the course of their career, the group have sold over 100 million albums globally, charting huge successes with the singles ‘Red Red Wine’ and ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You’.

He took to the stage for the last time with the band in December 2019 for a lauded show at the Birmingham Arena, having suffered a seizure earlier that year that led to the discovery of two brain tumours. 

Travers is remembered by his wife, two children and a body of work that was pioneering in its progressive politics and coupling of reggae with pop sensibilities.