Primal Scream’s guitarist Robert ‘Throb’ Young has died, the band’s publicist has confirmed.
Robert was one of the group’s founding members, along with lead singer Bobby Gillespie, first joining the band in 1986, and helped propel them to rock stardom in the 1990s.
He played guitar on their breakthrough album ‘Screamadelica’ - which was eventually honoured with the first ever Mercury Music Prize.
Among the classic hits he played on, included ‘Movin’ On Up’ and ‘Loaded’.
After staying with the band for a number of years, Robert left Primal Scream in 2006 to deal with. what was described at the time, as “personal issues”.
Since then, frontman Bobby has said that he doubted if Robert would ever return to the Scottish rock group, telling Drowned In Sound last year: “Robert Young’s an incredible musician, an incredible talent. One of the most talented people I’ve ever known."
"I grew up with Robert and I love him like a brother," he added. "But we don’t see him any more. I don’t think anybody does.
“I don’t really know what’s happening there. I don’t think he’s making music now. But I wish he was because he’s super talented.”
There has so far been no official statement from Primal Scream, but a number of celebrities have paid their respects to him on Twitter, with Liam Gallagher leading the online tributes:
RIP Robert Young AKA 'Throb'. Live Forever LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) September 11, 2014
So sad to hear of the death of Rob 'Throb' Young https://t.co/ZZ6a93DYXL A real good un— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) September 11, 2014
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— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) September 11, 2014