Aswad lead singer Drummie Zeb dies as tributes pour in for reggae star

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The lead singer of reggae band Aswad, Drummie Zeb, has died at just 62 years old.

Zeb was best known for his time in the band, which saw the release of hit single Don't Turn Around.

The tragedy was revealed by his bandmates who released a statement confirming his death as they wrote: "It is with deepest regret and profound loss that we have to announce the passing of our brother Angus ‘Drummie’ Gaye.

"Drummie was the lead vocalist for the iconic band Aswad and is much loved and respected by both family, friends and peers alike."

The bandmates stated that more information will be shared but they have asked that privacy is respected at the moment.

They added: "Drummie has left us to join our ancestors and leaves a huge void both personally and professionally."

Aside from his career as a singer, he was also a record producer and led an incredible career from his early life after completing his education.

Tributes poured in from fans and friends online, including one from UB40's Ali Campbell who wrote: "Very sad to hear the passing of Aswads Drummie Zeb. We've lost another UK Reggae pioneer.

"Deepest condolences go out to all of the Aswad family. Big love."

As fans flocked online, one user wrote: "It pains us to bring you the heartbreaking news that reggae legend, Drummie Zeb, has passed away.

"Drummie was the leads singer of the iconic British reggae band Aswad and although he is no longer with us, the legacy he has left behind will always and forever live on."

Another said: "In the past half an hour I have been seeing reports of Drummie Zeb, the drummer and lead singer for the reggae band Aswad having passed on. Another loss to our favourite genre. RIP."

The band quickly rose to fame in the 1970s and released a whopping 21 albums, with Don't Turn Around becoming a huge hit in 1988.

In 1989 the band also performed with Cliff Richard on the song Share a Dream.

The group continued to work together but after bandmember Forde left in 1996, their tours slowed down in comparison, but they still focused on the music, releasing their last album in 2009.

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