MATTHEW JAY DIES

Family and friends pay tribute to the talented young British singer/songwriter...

Upcoming British singer-songwriter Matthew Jay has died.

The 24-year-old fell from a seventh-floor window and died from his injuries. Currently, there is no official cause of death.

In a statement, his parents said: “Matthew Jay died late evening on Wednesday, 24th September 2003, killed in a fall from a seventh-storey window. It is understood that there was nobody with him in the room at the time and no note was left. His family loved him dearly, admired him greatly and wish Matthew and all who loved him peace and tranquility.

“Matthew lived and died for his music. We hope that his music will live on and help fill the terrible void left in all those who loved him.”

Jay grew up around music. His parents were avid folk musicians and he joined the family band at a young age. Around the same time, Jay’s dad uprooted his family to move to Abergavenny, South Wales.

Often compared to fellow British singer/songwriters such as Badly Drawn Boy and Nick Drake, his debut album ’Draw’ was a critical success following its release In 2001. The album scored an impressive 8/10 in its NME review.

During a fruitful period, Jay then supported the likes of Stereophonics, [/a] and [a]. In the UK his highest profile gigs were supporting Starsailor.

A spokesperson at Matthew’s former record label said: “Everyone here who knew Matthew will remember him as such a lovely guy, and a very talented artist. We are deeply shocked and send our sympathy to his family and friends.”

Jay was working on new material at the time of his death.