Original Jamiroquai keyboard player Toby Smith dies, aged 46

Toby Smith, record producer and original keyboard player for Jamiroquai, has died.

Smith, who played with the band for 10 years between 1992 and 2002 before leaving to ‘spend more time with his family’, died this week at the age just 46.

“It is with great sadness to hear and relay the news that original Jamiroquai keyboard player Toby Smith died on 11th April 2017,” read a statement on fansite Funkin.

“I love you so much,” wrote Original Jamiroquai bassist Stuart Zender in a statement on Instagram. “My big brother Toby crossed over to the other side last night. All my fondest memories are of him and the band that we created. The most talented musician I have ever had the honour to make music with. There will never be another like you Toby. Your light will shine on eternally.

“Thank you for making mine and everyone’s life so bright. I celebrate your love and life! Rest in Love. Your bald brother Stu”

Toby was keyboard player and co-writer of the band’s early hits and albums, right up to and including the release of ‘A Funk Odyssey’ in 2001.

Recent years have seen produce and write songs for record by the likes of The Hoosiers and Matt Cardle.

His cause of death has not yet been revealed and the remaining bandmembers have not yet spoken out to pay tribute.