Rockers and musicians worldwide have paid tribute to Happy Mondays' bassist Paul Ryder, who has died aged 58.
This news was confirmed by the Happy Mondays via their Twitter account.
"The Ryder family and Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder passed away this morning A true pioneer and legend. He will be forever missed We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time Long live his funk x", the band wrote.
The Ryder family and Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder passed away this morning— Happy Mondays (@Happy_Mondays) July 15, 2022
A true pioneer and legend. He will be forever missed ❤️
We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time
Long live his funk x pic.twitter.com/e2LdSaQD6u
Paul Ryder founded the band alongside his brother Shaun in 1980, remaining with them until they split up in 1993. He did return for their 2012 reunion shows, before continuing with them for the next 10 years.
Several musicians including Ian Brown, Andy Bell, Tim Burgess, Peter Hook and others also paid homage to Ryder.
What a shock… Paul Ryder was the archetypal solid, quiet, strong, dependable bass player. A lovely man - respectful & charming. When they got back together I remember seeing them play & he looked so happy. And they needed him back so much, he gave them soul & passion. RIP mate.— Peter Hook (@peterhook) July 15, 2022
Sending much love to the Happy Mondays family - Paul Ryder was a pioneer and an inspiration to all of us that followed. He played on so many era defining tracks. Listening to Bummed right now. Safe travels x x pic.twitter.com/7VAH0bEO3u— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) July 15, 2022
REST IN PEACE PAUL RYDER A GREAT FRIEND A GREAT MUSICIAN A GREAT FELLA BIG LOVE TO AMELIA JACOB SONNY CHICO AND THE FAMILY AND BAND LOVE YA LONGTIME PABS X— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) July 15, 2022
Really sad news about Paul Ryder, RIP https://t.co/D0HQYKAK1Y— Andy Bell (@Andybebop) July 15, 2022
The Happy Mondays had been due to headline the Kaleidoscope Festival in London's Alexandra Palace next weekend.