Former Primal Scream guitarist Robert ‘Throb’ Young dies, aged 49

Bobby Gillespie and Liam Gallagher lead tributes to musician

Former Primal Scream guitarist Robert ‘Throb’ Young has died, aged 49.

A publicist for Primal Scream has confirmed to NME that the musician has passed away, while a spokesperson for Sussex Police has also confirmed the death.

“Police were called to a report of a man who was found dead in a flat in Hove at 3.30pm on Tuesday (September 9) a spokesperson told The Guardian. “He has been identified as Robert Young, 49, of Hove. His death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Several figures close to the musician, including his former bandmates plus Liam Gallagher and Tim Burgess, have posted messages of condolences on Twitter.

Young’s former bandmate, and Stone Roses member, Mani confirmed the news in a message posted on Primal Scream’s forum, sating: “Robert young, AKA the throb, passed away this weekend in hove. Truly devastating news.”

A statement from Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes and Primal Scream then followed which reads: “We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young. A beautiful and deeply soulful man. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers, In the words of Johnny Marr ‘Throb with a gold top Les Paul -unbeatable'”

“He was a true rock and roller. He walked the walk. He had ‘Heart & Soul’ tattooed on his arm and i’m sure on his heart too. He once said to me “when we go onstage it’s a war between us and the
audience” He never let go of that attitude. Our love and thoughts are with his sons Brandon and Miles and their mother Jane, his wife Rachel, and his immediate family.”

Former Oasis members Liam Gallagher and Paul Arthurs (Bonehead) both paid tribute to Young on Twitter. “RIP Robert Young AKA ‘Throb’. Live Forever LG x” wrote Gallagher, with Bonehead stating: “RIP Throb. A true Rock n Roller”.

Beady Eye’s Andy Bell said: “Rest In Peace Robert Young of @ScreamOfficial. That big power chord in Loaded is ringing out on the other side now.” Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh also paid tribute, writing: “RIP Robert Young. One of the best, the most beautiful, who WAS rock n roll. Big love bro, give them it big time over the other side. #Throb”

Tim Burgess, meanwhile, said: “So sad to hear of the death of Rob ‘Throb’ Young … A real good un.”