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Bailey Rae's husband found dead
Corinne Bailey Rae
Corinne Bailey Rae achieved fame with her self-titled debut album
The husband of British soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae has been found dead.

The body of saxophonist Jason Rae, 31, was found in a flat in Leeds on Saturday, said West Yorkshire Police.

A police spokesman said officers arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs. He has since been released on police bail.

A post-mortem examination on the body of Mr Rae - originally from Aberdeen - was inconclusive and police said they were awaiting toxicology reports.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said officers were called to a flat in the Hyde Park area of the city on Saturday afternoon where they found the body of a 31-year-old man.

"As a result of inquiries a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs," the spokesman said.

"He has now been released on police bail pending further inquiries."

'Funk extravaganza'

Jason Rae, a saxophonist in the band The Haggis Horns, had been due to play a gig at the HiFi Club in Leeds on Sunday night.

The club confirmed that the gig had been cancelled.

The Haggis Horns are described on their MySpace page as "an eight-piece live funk extravaganza."

The group had previously performed and recorded with Bailey Rae as well as Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson.

They released their debut album last September.

Leeds-born Bailey Rae, 29, met her husband when she worked as a cloakroom attendant in a Leeds jazz club when she was a student in the city.

The pair married in 2001 when she was 22.

'Tragic time'

Mr Rae's parents still live in Aberdeen.

His father said he and his wife Lily would be going to Leeds on Tuesday.

He declined to comment further on his son's death.

Bailey Rae's record label said in a statement on Sunday: "EMI Records would like to offer its sincere condolences to Corinne Bailey Rae and the Rae family at this tragic time.

"We ask that the media respects Corinne's privacy and that of her entire family."

The singer was last month recognised at the Grammy awards for her contribution to the record that won the album of the year, Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters.

She achieved fame with her self-titled debut album which went to number one in the UK charts and sold more than a million copies in the US.

The singer-songwriter was named best newcomer in the Mojo and Q Awards and picked up two Mobos.

According to reports, she recently spent a week working on her new album at Warren House Farm studio near Scarborough in north Yorkshire.



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