Alan Longmuir, the founder member of the Bay City Rollers has died following a short illness.
The Edinburgh-born musician died in hospital at 6am on Monday morning at the age of 70 surrounded by loved ones after being flown home from Mexico three weeks ago where he had contracted an illness.
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Alan’s family issued a statement following the news.
It read: “We are devastated to share the news that Alan has passed away peacefully surrounded by his family.
“He was an extraordinary man with an extraordinary heart. He brought so much love and kindness to everyone he met, and he leaves a huge hole in our family. “
He would humbly say he was ‘just a plumber from Edinburgh who got lucky’
“However we are lucky ones; the ones that were lucky enough to have Alan as part of our lives.
“We’d like to thank everyone for the love and support that they have provided so far.
“We would now like to make a firm request to allow us to mourn Alan’s passing in private.”
Roller frontman Les McKeown led the tributes with a simple tweet of a picture of Alan with the word ‘RIP’ and his date of birth and death.
Les said he had been with Alan at Forth Valley Hospital just a few hours before he died.
He said: “I was there until 2am this morning, then the nurse said they had better call the family, so we left. Derek very kindly told me just after 6am that he had sadly passed away.
“He was a true original, one of a kind. He will be sorely missed by many, many people.”
Guitarist Stuart Woody Wood said: “Very sad to read in the paper that Alan has passed away...I’ll remember the good times we had for over 40 years...RIP Al.”
Liam Rudden, Writer/Director of I Ran With The Gang, said: “Having worked closely with Alan for the last seven years I am devastated by the news he has left us.
“Alan was one of the most gentle, generous and kind-hearted people I have ever known.
“He touched the lives of everyone he met with a smile that made them feel special, insisting that despite his amazing adventures in life he was still just “a plumber from Edinburgh”.
“The original Bay City Roller may have gone but his legacy will live on through his music and his passion for life.
“I know whenever I hear a Bay City Rollers’ song, I’ll now be raising a wee dram with a tear in my eye thanking him for the time he allowed me to spend in his world. Farewell Alan, thank you for trusting me to tell your story.
“My heart breaks for his wife Eileen, brother and band mate Derek, his sisters Alice and Betty and all his family.”
The guitarist spent three days fighting for life in intensive care in Mexico in early June as the virus attacked his vital organs.
But having been stabilised by doctors in Cancun, the 70-year-old from Dalry arrived home by air ambulance with wife Eileen at his side.
He was being treated at Forth Valley Hospital.