Craig Gill, the drummer with iconic nineties rock band the Inspiral Carpets, has died at the age of just 44.
The father-of-three, and his bandmates, created the soundtrack to a generation with hits including This is How it Feels, and Two Worlds Collide.
Mr Gill, who also leaves behind a wife, joined the band when he was only 14, along with guitarist Graham Lambert.
The Inspiral Carpets have been cited as an inspiration for many indie and rock bands who have followed them.
Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was among many musicians who led tributes to the drummer.
He tweeted: “Stunned by the news of the death of Gilly my heart goes out to his family and band members LIVE FOREVER LG.”
Meanwhile, Liam’s own bandmate, Paul Arthurs, better known as bonehead, said: “Sending all my love to @inspiralsband you’ll be missed Craig. RIP my friend Xx.”
A statement released by Mr Gill’s bandmates said: “It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the death of our drummer and close friend, Craig Gill. We are all absolutely devastated by the news. Craig was our brother.
“We 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”
Mr Gill played drums with the Inspirals throughout their heyday in the nineties before returning to the place he loved best, the stage, when the band reformed two decades later. His last major appearance was in December last year when the band toured nationwide. He also ran Manchester Music Tours.
Mr Gill was father to Georgia, Orla and Levon and husband to Rose.
As of yet, no details have been released about the cause of Mr Gill’s death.