LONDON (CelebrityAccess) – Kinks’ keyboardist Ian Gibbons passed away at his home on Thursday. He was 67.
Gibbon’s death was confirmed by his former bandmates in a series of separate statements posted to social media.
“To simply say Ian will be missed would be an understatement,” said Kinks’ frontman Sir Ray Davies. “My first thoughts are for his family and loved ones.”
“Ray called me this morning to break the news,” said guitarist Dave Davies in an Instagram post which featured a photo of the band and a heart around Ian’s face. “Totally devastated by the sudden loss.”
Drummer Mick Avory added: “I’ve known and worked with Ian for 40 years and I shall always remember him as a good friend and great musician. I will miss him so much, especially as we were still working together. It’s so sad he had to go so quickly before anyone could say goodbye.”
Gibbons, who was a late addition to the iconic British band, played with The Kinks from 1979 to 1989. He rejoined the band again in 1993, staying with them until their break-up in 1996. He later joined The Kast Off Kinks, a group made up of former Kinks members.
The group’s most famous songs included “Waterloo Sunset,” “You Really Got Me” and “Sunny Afternoon” among others.