UB40 founding member Brian Travers has died; he was 62.
Travers was a saxophone player and songwriter with the band. A statement from the band said that Travers died at his home in Moseley on Sunday (August 22). He had been suffering from cancer.
A statement from the band to PA said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our comrade, brother, founding UB40 member and musical legend, Brian David Travers.
“Brian passed away yesterday evening 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.”
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our comrade, brother, founding UB40 member and musical legend, Brian David Travers. Brian passed away yesterday evening with his family by his side, after a long and heroic battle with cancer. pic.twitter.com/V3EguMJCYY
— UB40 (@UB40OFFICIAL) August 23, 2021
Very sad to hear about the passing of a Birmingham music legend Brian Travers who dedicated his musical life promoting reggae music around the world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to #UB40 and all of his family
— Musical Youth (@MusicalYouth30) August 23, 2021
Travers formed the band with his bandmates from various school across Birmingham in 1978.
The band had multiple hits including two well-known covers of ‘Red Red Wine’ and ‘Falling In Love With You’. The group have sold over 100 million albums worldwide and have had more than 40 top 40 songs in the UK.
Travers’ last performance with the group was at Arena Birmingham in 2019.
He is survived by his wife Lesley, his daughter Lisa and son Jamie.
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