UB40 founder Astro dies after a short illness

LONDON (Reuters) – One of the founding members of British reggae band UB40, Terence Wilson, has died after a short illness, his band has announced.

Wilson, known by his stage name Astro, left the band in 2013 to perform with the breakaway group “UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro”.

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“We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken to tell you that our beloved Astro passed away today after a very short illness. The world will never be the same without him,” the group said in a statement on Twitter late Saturday.

(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Susan Fenton)

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