Gay Irish singer, Timmy Matley has died, at the age of 36, after a battle with cancer although the cause of death has not been confirmed as of yet.
Matley was a member of doo-wop band The Overtones. Fellow members of the band Lachie, Darren, Mark and Mike released a statement on Twitter where they shared the heartbreaking news.
“It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce that our dear friend and brother Timmy has passed away. We know this news will be as heartbreaking for you all as it is for us. We appreciate your love and support at this difficult time. Mike, Darren, Mark & Lachie x”
Timmy was originally Cork and was lead vocalist in the five-strong harmony group of which two other members are openly gay.
We spoke with the band in 2016 shortly after their hugely successfull gig at the Cork Opera House.
Later that same year, Timmy was diagnosed with stage three malignant melanoma – a form of skin cancer.
In a statement, the singer’s agent told the BBC: “Singer Timmy Matley died suddenly in London on the 9 April 2018.
“The Overtones singer, from Cork, Ireland, was 36 years old and lived in London. No further details are currently available.
“Family and friends are devastated at the news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
Many of the singer’s fans have taken to social media to share their heartbreak at the news of his passing.
Matley announced in December 2017 that he was planning a skydiving fundraiser to raise money for charity The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
He described the cause as “very close to my heart”, and raised £5,500 on his crowdfunding page and was due to complete his skydive in early May.
The band announced in March that they were due to go on tour later on this year.
They released five albums, each reaching the Top 40, four reaching the Top 10 in the UK charts and sold a million records in the UK.
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