The news comes one week after the band's final UK show.
UFO guitarist and keyboard player Paul Raymond has died, aged 73.
Raymond died from a heart attack one week after the band’s final UK show, according to his life partner, Sandra, who shared the news via Facebook.
“With a desperate and broken heart, fully in tears and pains that feel like they will kill me I have to tell you that my most beautiful and beloved darling Paul Raymond has passed away today,” she wrote earlier today (April 13). “The doctors we’re trying to reanimate him and with success at first but then his system shot down again and there was nothing more they could do for him, he died of a heart attack.”
Sharing a photo of Raymond from last Wednesday (April 10) in Germany, she continued: “He absolutely enjoyed the last couple of weeks touring with UFO in the UK & Ireland and he was looking forward to the rest of this year’s tour.”
First joining UFO in 1976, Raymond played on the albums ‘No Place to Run’, ‘Obsession’, ‘Lights Out’, as well as the ‘Strangers In The Night’ live album. After playing with the band during four different stints, he was a regular in the UFO lineup since 2003.
Raymond’s other musical endeavours included replacing Christine McVie in Chicken Shack after she left to join Fleetwood Mac, as well as being a member of Savoy Brown. He also played with two former UFO bandmates on two separate occasions. He played with guitarist Michael Schenker in MSG, and then with Pete Way in Waysted.
Way took to Facebook to share his condolences. “I’ve just heard the sad news of Paul Raymond’s passing,” he began his message. “I won’t pretend that we were always the best of friends but i am completely shattered to hear this. My sincere condolences go out to his family, particularly Sandra. I’m gonna miss you mate!”
On Twitter, Saxon wrote, “We are shocked & saddened to hear the news of our friend and touring mate Paul Raymond of UFO’s sudden passing today. RIP Paul.” While Marseille said: “Stunned to hear the sad news of the passing of Paul Raymond from UFO, Marseille had strong links with UFO in the 1980s and our deepest condolences to his widow Sandra, and all his friends and family the man was and is a legend.”
Keyboardist Derek Sheridan said he “was a big UFO fan as a kid- Paul’s grinding B3 on “LIghts Out”, and his gorgeous Rhodes work on “Love To Love” inspired” him.
Take a look at the other tributes to Raymond below:
UFO will be performing at a series of European festival dates this coming June and July, with a US tour in October. They will also perform as part of the Rock Legends Cruise, which departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 27th 2020.