Brian Travers, saxophonist of the legendary British reggae band UB40 passed away on Monday morning. Travers was a much-loved figure in Birmingham and the band first performed at the Hare & Hounds pub, in Kings Heath, in 1979, shortly after co-founding the band.
A statement posted on UB40’s Facebook page read: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our comrade, brother, founding UB40 member and musical legend, Brian David Travers. Brian passed away yesterday evening with his family by his side, after a long and heroic battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with Brian’s wife Lesley, his daughter Lisa and son Jamie. We are all devastated by this news and ask that you respect the family’s need for privacy at this time.’
Travers had been suffering from cancer for quite some time. It is the second member of UB40 in a short time that the band has to say goodbye to. Last month, frontman Duncan Campbell announced he would not be returning due to short-term problems after a stroke.
Brian Travers died at the age of only 62 years old.