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Unhappy John Wetton Singer / Bassist for Asia, has died

Asia singer John Wetton has died aged 67

Rock star John Wetton has died today following a battle with cancer, according to his Asia bandmates.

The singer, well known for 1982 hit Heat of the Moment, also played in other famous bands including Roxy Music and Uriah Heep.

The 67-year-old most recently worked on solo projects and as a session musician. He is survived by his wife Lisa, son Dylan, brother Robert and mother Peggy.

John Wetton, pictured, famous for being the frontman of rock supergroup Asia, has died aged 67

The rock star, left and right, who also performed as part of Uriah Heep and Roxy Music, had been battling colon cancer

Wetton, originally of Stockport, grew up in Bournemouth and got his big break with King Crimson in 1972

The musician's long-time bandmate and friend Geoff Downes confirmed Wetton died after a 'long and tenacious battle' with cancer as he led the tributes following his death on Tuesday.

Wetton, of Stockport, died three weeks after he announced he was pulling out of Asia's forthcoming US tour due to having to undergo a round of chemotherapy.

In a post shared online, Downes wrote: 'It is with great sadness and a heavy heart, that I have to report we have lost my dearest friend, brother, bandmate and long-term musical collaborator, John Wetton, who has passed away after a long and tenacious battle with cancer.

'He will be remembered as one of the world's finest musical talents, and I for one of many was wholly blessed by his influence.

'It was a massive privilege for me to have worked with this genius so closely on our numerous projects together over the years. His bass playing was revolutionary. His voice was from the gods.

'His compositions - out of this world. His sense of melody and harmony - unreal. He was literally a 'special one'.'

Downes, who met Wetton in 1981, described him as a 'fiercely loyal, loving and generous' person and wrote that 'his heart was always in the music'.

Wetton, second left, was lead singer and bassist for Asia, and also wrote many of their hits, including Heat of the Moment with Geoff Downes, second right

Wetton, pictured with Asia bandmate Sam Coulson, left, was 'not well enough' to complete a planned new album with the group

He also said they were planning another album but that Wetton was 'not well enough to complete it'.

Downes said: 'To say I will miss my him greatly is beyond understatement. He was such an inspiration to me.

'Life will not be the same without him. And words are not really enough to describe the loss I feel right now, and the many friends and fans all over the world will also be feeling. It is the end of an era for all of us.

Asia bandmember Carl Palmer said the 'world had lost a musical giant' following Wetton's death

'But we will soldier on - the music of John Wetton needs to be heard loud and clear from the rooftops.'

Musician and Asia bandmember Carl Palmer said: 'With the passing of my good friend and musical collaborator, John Wetton, the world loses yet another musical giant.

'John was a gentle person who created some of the most lasting melodies and lyrics in modern popular music.

'As a musician, he was both brave and innovative, with a voice that took the music of Asia to the top of the charts around the world.

'His ability to triumph over alcohol abuse made him an inspiration to many who have also fought that battle.

'For those of us who knew him and worked with him, his valiant struggle against cancer was a further inspiration.

'I will miss his talent, his sense of humour and his infectious smile. May you ride easy, my old friend.'

King Crimson's Jakko Jakszyk wrote on Twitter: 'B*******!! Truly and genuinely saddened by the news that John Wetton has passed. I was honoured to call him a pal. Love to you JW.'

Wetton was best known for appearing in a number of bands in the 1970s and 1980s, including Uriah Heep, Roxy Music and King Crimson.

Wetton was well regarded on the rock scene and is pictured here at a festival in Switzerland among other rock legends including the late Rick Parfitt, fourth right, who died in December

Wetton, pictured on tour with Asia in the 1980s, was described as 'one of the world's finest musical talents' by his bandmates

In 1981, he and Downes - who was a member of new wave band The Buggles and rock band Yes - joined forces with Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Steve Howe of Yes to form supergroup Asia.

As the frontman of Asia, Wetton acted as the lead songwriter, bassist and vocalist and enjoyed success with the group's debut eponymous album in 1982 and singles including Heat Of The Moment and Only Time Will Tell.

Asia's success waned in the 1990s and Wetton and Downes formed a duo called Icon while he also embarked on a solo career and frequently collaborated with other musicians.

Asia reunited in 2006 with the original line-up, recording a new album and going on a major tour, and they continued to produce new music until 2014 when Wetton was diagnosed with cancer.

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I knew that name sounded familiar!

"One of the most technically proficient and in-demand rock instrumentalists of the '70s and '80s, Wetton worked with a number of bands in his early career before coming to national prominence as the new singer and bassist for prog-rock legends King Crimson in 1972."

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