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Deacon Blue guitarist dies at 47
Deacon Blue on Top of the Pops
The Very Best of Deacon Blue was released in 2001
Deacon Blue guitarist Graeme Kelling has died at the age of 47, following a four-year battle with cancer.

The Scottish star, who had cancer of the pancreas, died on Thursday in hospital in Glasgow.

The band had a string of hits in the late 80s and early 90s, including Real Gone Kid and Fergus Sings The Blues.

"We're all too sad to say too much just now," said his fellow band members, adding that a remembrance book would be started on the band's website.

Deacon Blue burst on to the UK music scene in 1988 with their first chart hit, Dignity.

Fronted by lead singer Ricky Ross, and later joined by his wife and co-singer Lorraine McIntosh, the band became hugely popular in Scotland.


Their best-selling albums included Raintown, Homesick, and When the World Knows Your Name, which topped the charts in 1989.

As you know Graeme has had a four year fight with an illness which finally got the better of him
Deacon Blue

The band split in 1994, but reformed in 1999 for a series of gigs and an album of ballads called Walking Back Home.

A statement posted on their official website read: "It is my sad duty to tell you that Graeme Kelling died yesterday morning.

"As you know Graeme has had a four year fight with an illness which finally got the better of him."

His former bandmates called for any "great memories, photographs or thoughts about Graeme" to be added to a remembrance book.

Kelling leaves his wife Julie, and two young children - Alexander, aged five and Grace, aged two.


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