Rowland “Boon” Gould, a founding member of the band Level 42, has died aged 64.
The guitarist was found dead at his home in Dorset earlier this week.
In a message on Twitter, his brother Phil, who also started the band, said: “My heart is broken.”
Level 42 bassist and vocalist Mark King said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to tell you of the passing of our dear friend and brother Boon Gould.
“Dorset Police confirmed that he was found dead at his home on Tuesday morning.
“You are at peace now Boon, no more pain mate. Thank you for everything. Mark x.”
It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to tell you of the passing of our dear friend and brother Boon Gould.
Dorset Police confirmed that he was found dead at his home on Tuesday morning.
You are at peace now Boon, no more pain mate.
Thank you for everything.
Mark x” pic.twitter.com/adyjdCKSNe
— Mark King (@markking) May 1, 2019
My heart is beyond broken. RIP Roland Charles ‘Boon’ Gould, my brother, 1955-2019
— Phil Gould (@bongosaloon) May 1, 2019
Formed in 1979 by Boon, his brother Phil, keyboard player Mike Lindup and King, Level 42 went on to have a string of hits in the 1980s and early 90s, including Lessons In Love, Running In The Family and Something About You.
The Gould brothers and King grew up on the Isle of Wight, playing in bands together as teenagers, and met Lindup in London.
Gould left Level 42 in the late 1980s, just a few months before his brother. However, he continued to write lyrics and joined the band to make a guest appearance at a show in 2012.
Fans have been paying tribute on Twitter, with one saying: “A little bit of my heart just broke – I cannot imagine how you, Mike and Phil must be feeling. Rest in peace Boon, you will always be in our hearts – millions of them xxxx.”