Tributes paid to Bay City Rollers singer Les McKeown following death.
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Stars pay tribute to Edinburgh Bay City Rollers icon Les McKeown as Wet Wet Wet man hails hero.
Heartfelt tributes have poured in for the tartan-clad frontman following his tragic passing at the age of 65.
Touching tributes have been paid to Bay City Rollers hero Les McKeown following the Edinburgh-born frontmanâs sudden passing at the age of 65.
The Shang-a-Lang singerâs death was announced in a heartfelt statement by family members on social media on Thursday, prompting an outpouring of grief from the music community.
McKeown, who replaced Gordon âNobbyâ Clark as lead singer of the 70âs sensations, shot to fame alongside bandmates Alan and Derek Longmuir, Eric Faulkner and Stuart Wood, going on to sell 120 million records worldwide thanks to hits including Bye Bye Baby.
They also inspired a generation of musical talent to follow in their tartan-clad footsteps, with Wet Wet Wet bassist Graeme Clark leading the tributes to one of his heroes.
He posted on social media: "Very sad to hear about Les McKeown passing.
"They caught fire at a time when records sold by the millions, and in the BCR case by the 100s of millions. Being Scottish made them so much bigger in my world. RIP Les."
Singer Kim Wilde, who scored a hit with the 1981 song Kids In America, added: "I remember line dancing in the school assembly hall to Bay City Roller hits, Les was my schoolgirl crush RIP Les McKeown. Bye Bye Baby."
Television presenter Gillian McKeith said: âSad news. RIP thank you for the musicâ¦and the Shang-a-Lang.
A statement posted by McKeown's family on Facebook read: "It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father Leslie Richard McKeown. Leslie died suddenly at home on Tuesday 20 April 2021.
"We are currently making arrangements for his funeral and ask for privacy after the shock of our profound loss. Thank you. Keiko and Jubei McKeown."
What was Les McKeown's cause of death?
Les died on April 20, 2021 but it is not known how the beloved Scot died.
They band released this statement about his passing: "It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father Leslie Richard McKeown.
"Leslie died suddenly at home on Tuesday April 20, 2021.
"We are currently making arrangements for his funeral."