Inspiral Carpets’ drummer Craig Gill has sadly passed away, aged 44.
A statement on the Manchester band’s Facebook page confirmed the news yesterday.
It said: ‘We are all absolutely devastated by the news. Craig was our brother.
‘We were honoured to work alongside him for the last 30 years. To say we’ll miss him is an understatement. He was the beating heart of the Inspirals in more ways than one.’
Gill was one of the founding members of the band, which formed in Oldham in the late eighties. He returned when they reformed 20 years later to tour and record their self-titled album in 2014.
Gill was also a music historian and ran Manchester Music Tours, taking people on bus and walking tours around the city’s music locations.
No details of his death have been released.