Former Space drummer Andy Parle has died unexpectedly after collapsing in Liverpool on Saturday night (August 1).
Parle, 42, who co-founded the Liverpool band with vocalist Tommy Scott and guitarist Jamie Murphy in 1993, fell while crossing a road in Dingle, Liverpool at roughly 11:30pm (BST) on Saturday.
Passers-by rushed to his aid, and emergency services were called, though Parle was later pronounced dead at Royal Liverpool Hospital, reports Liverpoolecho.co.uk.
A police spokesperson said that his death was “unexplained”. He added that they are not investigating an assault or road accident in connection with Parle‘s death, but said they would like to talk to anyone who may have witnessed what happened.
“Officers investigating the death are keen to speak with anyone who may have been in the area around this time, and particularly any taxi drivers using this busy route to come forward,” the spokesperson explained. “A post mortem will be held to establish the cause of death.”
The drummer played on a number of Space‘s biggest hits, including ‘Female of the Species’, ‘Neighbourhood’ and ‘Me And You Versus the World’. He left the band in 1998.
Parle‘s former bandmate Dave ‘Yorkie’ Palmer said that the drummer had been “essential” to Space.
“It’s the saddest, most tragic end you could have,” he explained of Parle‘s death.
He added: “Space continued to have success after Andy left but the band changed and lost something which Andy had contributed. Even though we had another brilliant drummer there was something about Andy‘s style which was unique.”