What did Les McKeown die of?

FANS ofthe Bay City Rollers are mourning the death of frontman Les McKeown.

The band have paid tribute to their lead singer who passed away aged 65.

Who was Les McKeown?

Born on November 12, 1955, Les was the lead singer of the tartan-clad band during their most successful period.

He joined the group in late 1973 before leaving in 1978.

At its height, the Bay City Rollers were popular with teens all over the world.

Dubbed the "tartan teen sensations from Edinburgh", they were the first of many acts heralded as the "biggest group since the Beatles".

Formed at the end of the 1960s, the Bay City Rollers enjoyed huge success at home and abroad with their distinctive tartan outfits and upbeat pop tunes like Shang-a-Lang.

They had a massive teen following and sold more than 100 million records.

The band reached a new generation of fans when their hit Bye Bye Baby was used in the film Love Actually to accompany an emotional funeral scene.

What was Les McKeown's cause of death?

Les died on April 20, 2021 but it is not known how the beloved Scot died.

They band released this statement about his passing: "It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father Leslie Richard McKeown.

"Leslie died suddenly at home on Tuesday April 20, 2021.

"We are currently making arrangements for his funeral."

What tributes have been made for Les?

Former manager John MacLaughlan told the Daily Record: "I'm very sad and shocked and so is Peko, his wife.

"She is heartbroken and called me from Les' phone with the news. I picked up and thought it was Les wanting a chat.

"I'm still in shock right now, I spoke to him last week and he was on great form and happy about life and happy to book his tour. We were friends as well as working partners.

Guitarist Stuart 'Woody' Wood said: "I am upset and shocked to hear this very sad news.

"Les and I had our differences over the years but even though we had disagreements we are sending our heartfelt condolences to Peko and his son Jubie and all the Bay City Rollers Fans. It's a sad day in Bay City Roller history.

"He was a great performer on stage and he was full of energy. I was roadying when Les first came into the band and I saw his first gig when he took over from Nobby Clark and injected new life into the band."

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