Jeff Fletcher, founding member of the band Northern Uproar, has died in a road accident, at the age of 36.
The guitarist had been walking in Stockport on Monday afternoon, when he was involved in a collision with a lorry.
As reported by the Manchester Evening News, he suffered a serious head injury, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jeff (right) with Leon Meya of Northern Uproar
Jeff and fellow musician Leon Meya formed Northern Uproar formed in the 1990s, enjoying chart success with their self-titled album in 1996, which featured their top 20 single ‘From A Window’.
The band initially split in 1999, before reforming in 2005. Jeff left the band last year, following the release of their fourth album ‘All That Was Has Gone’, but the two musicians had remained friends.
Leon has paid his respects to his former bandmate and friend, telling the MEN: “He was a genius and learned the guitar in six months. He was the principle song writer, he could make melodies, sing and was a good performer. He made the sound of Northern Uproar, we were a great team.
“Jeff was recognised as a great guitarist, his guitar work was amazing. He was such a lovely caring bloke, I will miss a proper friend.”
Jeff, photographed during the recording of Northern Uproar's latest release
Police are now reportedly examining CCTV footage from the scene, to find out what caused the horrific accident which cost Jeff his life.