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UB40 founding member Astro dies after a short illness

In Summary

  • Reasons hit-makers UB40 rose to prominence in the early 1980s.
  • Last August, group’s songwriter songwriter Brian Travers died at 62.

Terence Wilson, popularly known as Astro, one of the founding members of British reggae band UB40 has died after a short illness. He was 64.

His band confirmed the news saying, “We are absolutely devastated and completely heartbroken to have to tell you that our beloved Astro has today passed away after a very short illness. The world will never be the same without him.”

They went on to ask that his family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time.

Astro, together with other friends who knew each from various schools in Birmingham, England, formed the UB40 band in 1978.

UB40 members
UB40 in 1984. They were basically high school buddies brought together by a common passion. PHOTO/COURTESY

The reggae and pop band rose to fame in the early ’80s topping charts in the UK with hits such as ‘Red Red Wine‘ and ‘Falling In Love With You‘. The group have sold more than 70 million records.

Astro leaves UB40

Astro was member of the group until 2013 when alongside former members Ali Campbell and Mickey Virtue formed a breakaway group. They were set to go on tour in 2022.

UB40 three members
Members (L-R) Robin Campbell, Ali Campbell and Astro. PHOTO/COURTESY

Only recently, Astro spoke about the band being the voice of working-class disaffection with political and global issues, at inception.

Astro’s nickname was given to him when he was a child because he wore a pair of Dr Martens boots with the model name “Astronaut”

Last August, the band’s saxophone player and songwriter Brian Travers also lost his life. He was 62.


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