The band MASSIVE Attack has reported that guitarist Angelo Bruschini has passed away following a fight with lung cancer.
The musician joined the group in the 1990s and played on singles including Angel.
Massive Attack wrote: “RIP Angelo. A singularly brilliant & eccentric talent.
“Impossible to quantify your contribution to the Massive Attack canon. How lucky we were to share such a life together.”
Angelo also played for a number of other bands, including The Numbers, Rimshots and The Blue Aeroplanes, who paid tribute.
They said: “We are devastated to announce the passing of our brother Angelo Bruschini.
“Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Rest In Peace Ange x.”
Angelo opened up about his lung cancer diagnosis in July, saying he’d had a “great life”.
He added: “Twice now I have been told ‘Good luck’ by specialists at the hospital over lung cancer, I think I’m f***ed!
“Had a great life, seen the world many many times, met lots of wonderful people, but the door is closing, think I will write a book.”
He died away from a “rare and aggressive” cancer yesterday, according to his wife Jessica Merritt.
The 1997 self-titled album by alternative rock group Strangelove was produced by Bristolian Angelo.
He also contributed guitar work to the Grammy-winning song “Blowing This Candle Out” by Jane Taylor.