TRIBUTES have been paid to Astro from UB40 who has died at the age of 64.
The Brummie singer, who was a founding member of the pop-reggae band, was said to have passed away after a short illness.
A statement on the Ali Campbell and Astro Twitter page said: “We are absolutely devastated and completely heartbroken to have to tell you that our beloved Astro has today passed away after a very short illness.
“The world will never be the same without him."
“We ask you to please respect his family’s privacy at this incredibly difficult time.”
Named after a British unemployment benefit form, UB40 were formed by former school pals in a welfare line in 1978.
The multiracial lineup reflected the working-class community in Birmingham their members came from.
Astro left the chart-topping Birmingham band in 2013 to team up with Campbell and Virtue in a new, breakaway version of UB40.
Fans of the musician and rapper rushed to pay tribute.
One said: "So sad, he was so lovely."
Another wrote: "A local hero to Birmingham but a worldwide legend #rip."
In August this year saxophonist Brian Travers died of cancer aged 62.
"Brian passed away yesterday evening with his family by his side after a long and heroic battle with cancer", added UB40's Facebook statement.
No other mention of his cause of death has been made.
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