Cable was found in his Aberdare home at 5:30am (BST) this morning. A cause of death has yet to be determined.
Jones told the Daily Telegraph that he had been due to meet with Cable for a beer to celebrate the drummer’s recent birthday before he heard the news of his death.
“I sent him a text last week to say happy birthday and he replied, ‘I never thought I’d make it to 40’,” he said. “I texted him back and I said, ‘You will live to be 100 mate’.”
He added: “I’m in total shock. It was about 8.30am and I was getting ready to go to my uncle’s funeral when Stuart‘s brother Paul rang. I was going to see Stuart today for a pint and wish him happy birthday as well.”
The singer/guitarist said that despie Cable being sacked from the band in 2003, the pair had patched up their friendship and had been on good terms for years.
“We have been speaking to each other for the past five years,” he said. “When people break up in bands no-one really knows what it’s all about. But, between me and Stuart, all our disagreements were solved within one year.”
Manic Street Preachers have also paid tribute to Stuart Cable, hailing their friend as “a gigantic personality’.