Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires and other music stars remember Late Of The Pier’s Ross Dawson

The drummer was killed in a 'sudden accident' on Friday (May 15)

A host of music stars have paid tribute to Late Of The Pier drummer Ross Dawson, whose death was announced on Thursday (May 21).

A press release from the musician’s family stated that Dawson was “involved in a very sudden and tragic accident” on Friday (May 15). Dawson’s family wrote, “Ross was a monumental force in the lives of everybody who knew him, multi-talented, modest, kind and generous; he loved and was loved by his family. The world has become a sadder place without him. He will be eternally missed by all who knew and loved him.”

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The likes of Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos, Jack Savidge of Friendly Fires and the Guillemots‘ Fyfe Dangerfield have remembered the musician via social media.

Erol Alkan , who produced the band’s debut album and whose Phantasy label released their early music, wrote on Twitter, “We lost our friend Ross Dawson this week, a talented, beautiful and kind man. His music lives on. Heartbroken.”

See a collection of tweets below.

Dance-punk outfit Late Of The Pier formed in 2005 and released their debut album ‘Fantasy Black Channel’ in 2008. Late Of The Pier announced their split in 2010. The band’s Sam Dust has since pursued a solo career under his La Priest moniker.