Shock as much loved British pop star found dead by police

Rowland ‘Boon’ Gould – the founding member of band Level 42 – has been found dead at home by police

Boon Gould, the founding member of Level 42, has been found dead at his home, his devastated bandmates have confirmed.

Guitarist Rowland Gould, nicknamed Boon, was discovered by police at his home in Dorset this week.

A Facebook statement posted by the band’s frontman Mark King announced the sad news.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to tell you of the passing of our dear friend and brother Boon Gould,” he wrote.

“Dorset Police confirmed that he was found dead at his home on Tuesday morning.

“You are at peace now Boon, no more pain mate.

“Thank you for everything. Mark x.”

Boon’s brother Phil, who was the band’s drummer, also shared a poignant statement.

“My heart is beyond broken,” he wrote.

Boon 64, formed the Level 42 with Phil, Mark and keyboard player Mike Lindup in 1979.

Among his writing credits is the bands most successful single Lessons In Love, which reached number three in the UK charts in 1986.

The Gould brothers and Mark grew up on the Isle of Wight, playing in bands together from a young age.

Rowland, nicknamed Boon as a child by an uncle who said his inability to cry was a ‘boon for the family’, played the guitar and saxophone in the band until 1987, when he left due to health issues.

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