British reggae band UB40 announced on Monday that saxophonist and composer Brian Travers He passed away at the age of 62 At his home in Birmingham, central England, accompanied by his family.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our companion, brother, UB40 founding member and music legend Brian David Travers,” the band said in a statement. long and The heroic fight against cancer.
The group members declared to be “smashed” and They asked to be respected The “privacy” of his wife Leslie, daughter Lisa and son Jamie.
Travers initially formed UB40 In 1978 with James Brown and Earl Falconer, although soon afterwards other members (Alistair Campbell, Robin Campbell, Norman Hassan, Michael Vertu and Astro) join the band, all of whom are friends from different schools in their hometown of Birmingham and from working families.
The name chosen for the group indicates the form that the unemployed had to fill out To get benefits Unemployment in the UK, a reference to its origins and UB40’s social commitment.
During their more than 40 years in business, the group has achieved great success with songs such as “Red Red Wine” and “Falling In Love With You”, while at the same time reaching Over 100 million albums sold all over the world.
Travers began experiencing health problems in early 2019, when doctors discovered a tumor in his brain, forcing him to miss a tour in March of that year. UB40 memory.
However, he last sang with his band in December 2019 in a concert. Celebration at Arena Birmingham.