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Musician found hanged at studio
James Lawrance
The group had made an appearance on Top of the Pops
The guitarist of rock band Hope of the States has been found hanging at a recording studio.

Police were called to the Real World Studios - owned by singer Peter Gabriel - at Box, near Bath, at 0430 GMT on Thursday after the body of James Lawrence, 26, was discovered.

The six-piece band, from Chichester, had been recording their debut album.

Wiltshire Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Hope of the States reached number 26 in the singles chart with Enemies Friends in October 2003, earning them an appearance on the BBC's Top of the Pops programme.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: "I can confirm that we were called to the Real World studios in Box shortly after 4am today where the body of James Lawrence was found by other members of the band hanging from the rafters.

"He was taken down and efforts made to revive him but to no avail."

He confirmed Mr Lawrence's body was found in one of the studios.

The six-piece had recently signed a deal with Sony and were putting the finishing touches to their debut album, which they had recorded in Russia and Ireland, at Real World.

They were due to play at the Astoria in London next month as part of the NME Awards series of gigs.

Real World is one of the music industry's most popular studios, with Kylie Minogue and Stereophonics among recent visitors.

A spokesman for the complex said Mr Lawrence's family were too upset to comment.

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