Shock and upset for fans as UK band member dies

Delays singer Greg Gilbert has died at the age of 44, his brother and bandmate has confirmed. 

The musician died after a five-year battle with bowel cancer.

His brother Aaron wrote: ‘I have no idea how to do this right now but this afternoon at 2:22; we walked my brother back home to somewhere out there in the ether.

‘Greg died surrounded in the endless love that us and all of you have given him on this journey, and we will never be able to express how much it meant to him (and all of us) to have you by our side lifting us up like a winged army.

‘Your messages, your encouragement and your compassion have been our oxygen for the last five years.

‘He was my brother and my best friend, and we did everything together.

‘It was the greatest honour to be with him as he took one last gentle breath before leaving us. I could have sworn we were limitless…’

Aaron added: ‘Thank you for sharing our grief, and for making it easier to carry at times while you were firefighting battles of your own…

‘And thank you for making Greg such a special person in your lives. I’m so glad we all existed at the same time. We’re only temporary, let’s make our temporary extraordinary.’

Tributes have poured in for the late star, with one fan writing: ‘Sad to hear the passing of The Delays singer Greg Gilbert. I was lucky to see the band twice in concert. RIP Greg Gilbert. Your wonderful songs will shine forever brother.’

‘Greg’s voice will always be one of my favourites. The beauty of it will never fail to move me. Thinking of his family at this sad time. RIP Greg,’ another said.

One more added: ‘Such sad news,Delays were a wonderful i was lucky enough to see live a few times. RIP Greg.’

Indie band Delays was formed in 2001 under the name Idoru by Colin Fox, Rowly, and brothers Greg and Aaron Gilbert.

They released their first EP the same year, before changing their name in 2003 and releasing their debut single.