Rob Skipper, who played guitar for The Holloways, has died at the age of 28.
The former agent for the band, who disbanded in 2011, confirmed to NME that Rob had died of undisclosed causes on Friday.
After the devastating news had broken, Matt posted a tribute to the late musician on his Instagram page, writing: “One of my first ever acts. I'm so sorry to hear the terrible news today. Robb was always a true gentleman.”
Rob first formed the indie-rock band The Holloways in 2004, and went on to release two albums as part of the group, ‘So This Is Great Britain?’ and ‘No Smoke No Mirrors’.
They are best known for their cheerful and optimistic single ‘Generator’, which peaked at no. 14 in Britain but topped the UK indie chart, as did their later single releases ‘Dancefloor’ and ‘Two Left Feet’.
After completing their farewell tour in 2011, the band went their separate ways, with Rob going on to briefly front the folk group Rob Skipper & The Musical Differences.
Following this, he became the frontman for the band HARES, who have toured the UK with other indie acts such as The Vaccines, One Night Only and Pigeon Detectives.
Several of his musician peers have paid their respects to Rob on Twitter, following the sad announcement of his death:
A dear friend of ours rob skipper has passed away. So unbelievably sad, such great memories of playing and touring together. RIP brother— luke pritchard (@lukekook) October 3, 2014
So sad to hear the news about Rob Skipper. Only fond memories from touring with The Holloway's in the early days. Always smiling! RIP Skip x— Pigeon Detectives (@pigeonsofficial) October 3, 2014
RIP Rob Skipper... http://t.co/youLPz2Q2u— Theo Hutchcraft (@theohurts) October 3, 2014
So sad to hear of death of Rob Skipper at 28 years old. Beyond tragic. Many good memories of a talented man & time spent with The Holloways.— Jonathan Green (@JLGWA) October 4, 2014
Watch the music video for The Holloways’ most recognised single, ‘Generator’ below: