Craig Gill, drummer of the Inspiral Carpets, died yesterday at the age of 44.
A statement on the Manchester band’s Facebook page said they were “absolutely devastated” by the loss of “our brother”.
Gill was one of the founding members of the group, which he formed in Oldham in the 1980s alongside guitarist Graham Lambert.
The group’s hits included Joe, This Is How It Feels, She Comes In The Fall, Dragging Me Down and Saturn 5.
Gill, who DJed at The Hacienda nightclub, was also a music historian and ran music-themed tours around Greater Manchester.
The band, which was pivotal in the so-called Madchester scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, said it had been “honoured to work alongside him for the last 30 years”.
In a statement, Gill’s band mates said: “To say we’ll miss him is an understatement.
“He was the beating heart of the Inspirals in more ways than one.”
No details of his death have been released.
Read more about Craig on the BBC website