Tributes To Lapelles Frontman Who Died In Glasgow

15 August 2016, 07:15

Gary Watson The Lapelles

Tributes have been paid to a musician who died after falling into the River Clyde the day before his 22nd birthday.

Gary Watson was the frontman of young band The Lapelles who recently performed at T in the Park and the Belladrum festival.

A post on the band's Facebook page said Mr Watson died ``as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic accident'' on Saturday night.

Emergency services were called to the River Clyde near Glasgow Bridge at around 10pm.

Mr Watson was rescued from the water and rushed to Glasgow Royal Infirmary but later died.

Police said the death is not suspicious.

The Lapelles Facebook statement read: "It's with shock, heavy hearts and sadness that we have to let you know the news that Gary sadly passed away this morning as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic accident last night.

"Today was his 22nd birthday. We are lost for words and struggling to process such a tragedy.

"Gary was a creative force, a man who without his vision this band wouldn't exist. We have lost a friend, a brother, a hero. At the moment it doesn't seem real.

"We send our deepest condolences to Gary's family and would appreciate your respect in allowing them & us some peace whilst we grieve.

Forever in our hearts, with peace you go. X."

The band were due to head off on a UK tour in October.

Tributes were paid to Mr Watson on social media by fans and fellow bands.

Franz Ferdinand posted on Twitter: "We're so sad to hear of the tragic passing of @TheLapelles Gary Watson, a lovely, talented man. Thoughts are with his family, friends & band.''


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