Jamaica Observer: KINGSTON, By Howard Campbell – Astro, whose versatility made him a key member of British band UB40, died in London on November 6 at age 64.

His death was confirmed on the band’s official Twitter site.

“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. We ask you to please respect his family’s privacy at this incredibly difficult time.”

Astro, whose real name was Terence Wilson, is the second member from the band’s classic line-up to die in three months. Saxophonist Brian Travers succumbed to cancer in August at age 62.

Born in Birmingham in the British Midlands to West Indian parents, Astro was a trumpeter, percussionist, and vocalist. He played on UB40’s biggest hit songs, including Red Red Wine, I Got you Babe, and The Way You do The Things you Do.

He did the deejay part for Red Red Wine, a global number one for UB40 in 1983.

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