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UB40 Founding Member Astro Dies Aged 64

Monday, 08 November 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Former UB40 member Astro, real name Terence Wilson, has died aged 64.

Wilson (pictured right), who performed in the iconic reggae-pop band for over three decades, died after a short illness, his current band confirmed. A statement on the Ali Campbell and Astro Facebook page reads:

"We are absolutely devastated and completely heartbroken to have to tell you that our beloved Astro has today passed away after a very short illness. The world will never be the same without him.

"We ask you to please respect his family’s privacy at this incredibly difficult time."

Astro co-founded UB40 in the late '70s but left them in 2013. Since then, he joined up with lead singer Ali Campbell to create a breakaway group, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro. They were set to hit the road in 2022.

A statement from the current UB40 line-up on Twitter said: "RIP Astro. We have heard tonight, the sad news that ex-member of UB40, Terence Wilson, better know as Astro, has passed away after a short illness. Our sincere condolences to his family."

In August, fellow UB40 founding member and saxophonist Brian Travers died of cancer aged 62.

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