Astro, a founding member of the legendary musical group, UB40 has died after a ‘brief illness’ at age 64.
Astro’s current band member, Ali Campbell as well as Astro’s Twitter page released a statement saying: “We are absolutely devastated and completely heartbroken to have to tell you that our beloved Astro has today passed away after a very short illness.
“The world will never be the same without him.”
“We ask you to please respect his family’s privacy at this incredibly difficult time.”
His former band which he co-founded, UB40, has also paid tribute.
They said: “RIP ASTRO We have heard tonight, the sad news that ex-member of UB40, Terence Wilson, better known as Astro, has passed away after a short illness.
“Our sincere condolences to his family.”
Astro died yesterday Saturday, November 6th.
Named after a British unemployment benefit form, UB40 were formed by former school friends in a welfare line in 1978.
UB40 hit classics include their debut “Food for Thought”, “Red Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.
Also, the band’s version of “I Got You Babe” which topped the UK Singles Chart as others did.
Their two most successful albums, Labour of Love (1983) and Promises and Lies (1993), reached number one on the UK Albums Chart.
Astro left UB40 in 2013 to team up with Campbell and keyboardist Mickey Virtue, who had previously quit the group and they had successful multiple world tours
In June, they performed a special online concert of UB40’s 1980 album Signing Off in its entirety.
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