Brian Travers: Legendary UB40 Founding Member, Saxophonist Dead at 62

Brian Travers: Legendary UB40 Founding Member, Saxophonist Dead at 62

  • Brian Travers was a UB40 saxophonist and co-songwriter, having worked with the band since its inception in 1978
  • The music star died at his home surrounded by family on Sunday after a long battle with cancer
  • The group mourned him as a brother, musical legend and comrade while asking for privacy during the tough moment

Famous UK band UB40 is in mourning after the demise of one of their founding members Brain Travers, who died at the age of 62.

Brian Travers died at his home surrounded by his family.
UB40 co-founder Brian Travers had a long battle with cancer. Photo: John Phillips.
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The UB40 saxophonist and co-songwriter had endured a "long and heroic battle" with cancer.

According to a statement shared on the band's Facebook and Twitter pages, Brian died with his family by his side on Sunday, August 22, Rollingstone reports.

The group mourned him as a comrade, brother and musical legend, saying he had a difficult time with cancer.

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The statement also noted the group's thoughts were with his wife Lesley, daughter Lisa and son Jamie.

They also asked fans to respect the family's need for privacy through the difficult period.

Brian Traver's cancer battle

According to BBC, Brian had surgery to remove two brain tumours in 2019 and early this year; he went through another operation.

He had missed the band's performance in March 2019 after having a seizure at home and was later found to have the tumours.

His last performance with the band was in December 2019 at the Arena Birmingham.

The late formed UB40 with a group of school friends in 1978, and they borrowed the name of the official Unemployment Benefit Form 40, which ended up being UB40, which was for people who were signing for the dole.

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The group from Birmingham, England, enjoyed success as they had 39 UK top 40 singles and 28 top 40 albums. They also sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

The group has also been nominated for a Grammy four times.

Rachel Oniga's passing

Some days ago, reported that the Nollywood community held a candle procession for one of their own, Rachel Oniga who passed away.

Among those who attend the event was Kate Henshaw, Desmond Elliot, Jide Kosoko, Kunle Afolayan amongst others.

Children of the late Nollywood veteran were later given the sum of N4 million as their contribution from Oniga's industry colleagues.


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