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Martin Gilks dies aged 41

Former Wonder Stuff drummer Martin Gilks has died in London following a motorcycle accident aged 41.

Gilks died at St George’s Hospital in London on Monday (April 3). He had suffered internal injuries following an accident the day before.

His band enjoyed massive success in the late ’80s and early ’90s, scoring 14 top 40 hits before splitting in 1994. They had a Number One hit in 1991 with their cover of Tommy Roe‘s ‘Dizzy’. Other big singles for them included ‘The Size Of A Cow’, ‘Welcome To The Cheap Seats’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Down, Gently’.

A statement from the band reads: “Yesterday Martin Gilks died in a motorcycle accident in London. It is a tragic loss to all his family & friends. Martin will be sadly missed & fondly remembered.”

After the group disbanded Gilks went into management, working with upcoming talent including Reef, a and Hundred Reasons.

A spokesperson for his company, Furtive, told the BBC: “He was greatly loved by many and will be sorely missed by all his family and friends.”

Gilks also featured in indie band The Mighty Lemon Drops before he joined The Wonder Stuff.

He was also part of a brief band reunion in 2000, which included a week of sold-out gigs at London Forum. However, vocalist Miles Hunt revived The Wonder Stuff name in 2004, but with a different line-up. He leaves a son and daughter.

An online book of condolence can be viewed at Furtive-mts.com/martin.php