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A statement posted on the musician’s social media said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father, Leslie Richard McKeown

“We are currently making arrangements for his funeral and asking for privacy after the shock of our profound loss

His former manager John MacLaughlan spoke to the Daily Record after hearing the tragic news of Les’s wife Peko

John told the newspaper, “I’m very sad and shocked, as is Peko, his wife She is heartbroken and called me from Les’ phone with the news I picked up thinking it was Les who was trying to talk

“I’m still in shock, I spoke to him last week and he was in great shape and happy with life and happy to book his tour” ”

“He was hoping to get things back on track and he was one of the hardest working men in the music industry. We got on so well and was great fun to be with. He had his moments but always was a good laugh and a great performer “”

The Shang-A-Lang singer faced the tartan-clad Edinburgh rockers for five years after joining in 1973

He was the voice of some of the band’s biggest hits including Remember, Summerlove Sensation and their famous cover of Bye, Bye, Bay

Bay City Roller guitarist Stuart Woody Wood added, “I am upset and shocked to hear this very sad news

“Les and I have had our differences over the years, but while we disagreed, we offer our heartfelt condolences to Peko’s wife and son Jubie and all Bay City Rollers fans. It’s a sad day in Bay history City scooter

“He was a great performer on stage and he was full of energy. I was on the street when Les first came into the band and I saw his first appearance when he replaced Nobby Clark and breathed new life into the band

“I was 15 and he was 17 I really joined when I turned 16 in 1974. He had a lot of energy on stage” ”

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Les McKeown

World News – UK – The star of the Bay City Rollers, Les McKeown, died as a family member at the age of 65