The Kinks’ Ian Gibbons dead aged 67

The Kinks’ star Ian Gibbons (centre) passed away at home on Thursday (Picture: Rex)

The Kinks star Ian Gibbons has died aged 67.

Ian’s death has been confirmed by his former bandmates, who praised him for his ‘positive attitude’ in a series of separate statements.

He passed away at his home on Thursday.

The musician and keyboardist was in the iconic band from 1979 to 1996.

Frontman of the band Sir Ray Davies led the condolences and said: ‘To simply say Ian will be missed would be an understatement. My first thoughts are for his family and loved ones.’

‘Ray called me this morning to break the news,’ Dave Davies said on an Instagram post of the group, in which he has put a heart around Ian’s face.

‘Totally devastated by the sudden loss.’

Drummer Mick Avory added: ‘I’ve known and worked with Ian for 40 years and I shall always remember him as a good friend and great musician. I will miss him so much, especially as we were still working together.

‘It’s so sad he had to go so quickly before anyone could say goodbye.’

Ian’s death is currently unknown.

The performer was a late addition to the iconic British group, whose songs Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me and Sunny Afternoon are still played regularly on TV and radio to this day.

Speaking about Ian and how he joined the band, Sir Ray told PA: ‘When he auditioned for the band, he only played a few chords before I knew he was the right guy to have on keyboard – he seemed to know the right voicing to musically slot in between the other members of the band. And with The Kinks that took some doing!

‘He was also was a brilliant accordion player and, apparently, a bit of a childhood prodigy on that instrument. In the studio, he would willingly try out the most random musical idea I would throw at him.’

‘On the road, he could always be guaranteed to give a smile of encouragement from his side of the stage and buy a round in the bar after the show so we could have a party in Ian’s noisy room,’ the frontman added.

‘Being in a band is like being in a family and today it is as though we have lost family member.’

After leaving the band, Ian later joined the Kast Off Kinks, a Kinks cover band made up of former members of the actual Kinks.

The Kinks officially broke up in 1996, and since then every member of the band, including Sir Ray Davies, has performed with them.

Their music has gone down as one of the defining sounds of the flower power generation, and has since been made into a musical, Sunny Afternoon, by the Davies brothers.

In 2018, Ray and Dave Davies announced their intention to try and reform the band.

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