David Bowie’s former guitarist Matthew Seligman has died at the age of 64 after battling coronavirus.
The star was best known for his work with musicians including the Thompson Twins, Thomas Dolby and Bowie.
Thomas, who has been sharing updates on his friend and bandmate’s condition, shared the sad news with a post reading: ‘Matthew’s gone. [TMDR].’
He had previously told fans that Matthew had suffered from a ‘catastrophic hemorrhagic stroke from which he won’t recover.’
Thomas added that a candlelight vigil to remember the star will be held via YouTube live on 19 April at 8pm.
He said: ‘Matthew would want us to remember the good times and have a party.’
Friends and fans have paid tribute to the star.
Matthew’s former bandmate Robyn Hitchcock penned a heartfelt mesage, writing: ‘I’m writing this as Matthew Seligman slips out of this life and into wherever souls go next. Everybody goes, but none of us were expecting Matthew to leave us so abruptly, forever.
‘It is strange and very sad to be talking of him in the past tense. I first met Matthew in 1976 in Cambridge, just before the beginning of the Soft Boys. He had nice dark hair and was very charming, with a slight break in his voice.
‘A joyous and funky bass player, he made Underwater Moonlight an exuberant LP to record and listen to. His manic bass run at the end of “Insanely Jealous” and his stately propeller dive into the last chorus of the title track, as well as the insistent groove he brought to “Kingdom of Love” are some of the finest bass playing I have ever witnessed.’
Music critic Neil McCormick added: ‘My friend Matthew Seligman has died of this s***ty bug. He was a top bassist, a human rights solicitor & just a lovely human. He played with many great people.
‘We were all very proud of him when he backed Bowie at Live Aid. He had a lovely smile, & real kindness. So sad.’
Matthew performed in his band The Soft Boys from 1976, before recording with Thomas Dolby in 1983.
He later began playing with the likes of Bowie, Morrissey, and Chrissie Hynde.
In the UK, more than 15,000 people have died from coronavirus. Around the world, there have been more than 1.5 million recorded cases.
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