Late Of The Pier drummer Ross Dawson dies following ‘very sudden and tragic accident’

The band's former label has confirmed the news

Late Of The Pier member Ross Dawson has passed away, the band’s former label Parlophone has confirmed.

A press release from the musician’s family, via the label, states that Dawson was “involved in a very sudden and tragic accident” on Friday (May 15).

Dawson’s family write, “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.”

Miles Leonard, Chairman of Warner Bros. Records and Parlophone, adds, “Late Of The Pier were one of the most original, innovative and exciting artists I’ve ever worked with. Ahead of their time but with such a youthful outlook in both music and life. Although our time working together was relatively short, I shall remember Ross with great fondness and as a bright, personable and warm character. Sadly we have all lost a talented musician but his music will be with us forever. Our sincere condolences go to his friends and family.”

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.