Brian Travers, saxophonist and founding member of UB40, has died at the age of 62.
On Monday, the band released a statement that Travers died on Sunday, Aug. 22 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our comrade, brother, founding UB40 member and musical legend, Brian David Travers,” the band wrote on social media. “Brian passed away yesterday evening with his family by his side, after a long and heroic battle with cancer.”
“Our thoughts are with Brian’s wife Lesley, his daughter Lisa and son Jamie. We are all devastated by this news and ask that you respect the family’s need for privacy at this time,” the statement concluded.
In January, Travers shared several posts on Twitter about returning home for recovery following his second brain tumor surgery after suffering from a seizure the month before.
The Brain Tumour Charity released a statement on Twitter following the news of Travers’ death.
“Our deepest condolences go to Brian’s family and friends. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time. This is also a reminder of the urgent need to speed up progress towards a cure for brain tumours,” the organization said.
Travers co-founded UB40, a British reggae pop band, in 1978 having hits over the years like “Red Red Wine” and “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You,” selling over 100 million albums worldwide. The band also earned four Grammy nominations in the reggae category.
Travers’ last performance was in December 2019 at the Arena Birmingham