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Founding Primal Scream star Robert Young dead at 49

By Anthony Barnes

Bandmates have paid tribute to the former Primal Scream star Robert 'Throb' Young following his death at the age of 49.

The musician, who played on hits such as Rocks and the band's Mercury Prize-winning album Screamadelica, spent more than two decades in the rock act before leaving in 2006.

He was found dead at his home in Hove, East Sussex, on Tuesday. The authorities are not treating the death as suspicious. Young was a school friend of Primal Scream frontman and mainstay Bobby Gillespie in Glasgow.

He was also a founding member of the band, initially playing bass when they formed in the early 1980s. Primal Scream– who soon established a hell-raising reputation – went on to embrace hypnotic dance music for Screamadelica, but then repeatedly returned to their original guitar rock.

In a statement, Gillespie and guitarist Andrew Innes said: "We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young.

"A beautiful and deeply soulful man. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers. In the words of Johnny Marr: 'Throb with a gold top Les Paul – unbeatable'."

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