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ELO member Groucutt dies, aged 63

Kelly Groucutt
Kelly Groucutt played with ELO between 1974 and 1983

Kelly Groucutt, the bass player in the rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), has died aged 63.

He suffered a heart attack on Wednesday night and was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital but did not regain consciousness and died on Thursday.

Groucutt, who also sang on the Birmingham band's records, joined the group in 1974 and left in 1983.

His friend Mike Sheridan, of Mike Sheridan and The Nightriders, said he was "gob smacked" by the news.

He added: "When I heard the news this afternoon I just couldn't believe it. He seemed to be such a fit guy."

Groucutt played with The Sight and Sound before joining ELO and was an influential figure in the Brum Beat scene of the 1960s.

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