A former UB40 band top vocalist Terence Wilson has succumbed to a ‘short illness’ according to the band management.
Wilson, famously known by his stage name Astro died late Saturday, aged 64.
UB40 reggae music band rose to fame in 1980’s with the ‘Red Red Wine’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ hit songs.
Astro performed for the band until 2013 where he made a breakaway band .
“We are devastated and heartbroken to learn about the demise of one of our top icon Astro. Indeed the World will never be the same again without him, we will dearly miss him,” posted one of the band member Neil Diamonds.
“The UB40 Reggae music band rose to fame in the 1980’s with its song ‘Red Red Wine’ selling over 100 million records.
Hailing from British City of Birmingham UB40 hit had on the economic status of the country and the unemployment issue among the youth that led to the British government to closely monitor the band’s activities.
“They launched surveillance against us, tapping our phones and monitoring our homes suspecting that we were propelling a revolution,” said drummer Jimmy Brown.