Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown has sadly died aged 65. The Scottish singer died suddenly on Tuesday.
Les’ family confirmed the news to fans on the band’s Facebook page.
The pop star’s family wrote on the page: “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.
“If you would like to remember Leslie, please make a donation in his name to: [details] We thank you and ask for privacy after the shock of our profound loss. Thank you. Keiko and Jubei McKeown.”
Les’ former manager John MacLaughlan also shared the heartbreaking news after receiving a phone call from Les’ devastated wife Peko Keiko.
John said: “I’m very sad and shocked and so is Peko, his wife. She is heartbroken and called me from Les’ phone with the news. I picked up and thought it was Les wanting a chat.
“I’m still in shock right now, I spoke to him last week and he was on great form and happy about life and happy to book his tour.
“We were friends as well as working partners.
“He was hoping to get it all going again and he was one of the hardest working men in the music industry. We got on so great and he was great fun to be around. He had his moments but was always a good laugh to be around and a great performer.”
He added in his heartfelt tribute: “He was a great singer. The Bay City Rollers were the biggest band in the world in the mid seventies and beyond.
“They had their own TV show and Rollermania. They flew the flag for Scotland and made me think as a wee boy watching the telly you can be a popstar and in music and they meant a lot to me getting involved in music and the industry and the clothes and the hair and image were brilliant and the gang mentality was amazing.
“I’m honoured to have worked with them.”
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