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Jimmy Somerville leads tributes to Bronski Beat bandmate Larry Steinbachek

Published 13/01/2017

Larry Steinbachek was a keyboard player
Larry Steinbachek was a keyboard player

Jimmy Somerville has led tributes to his former Bronski Beat bandmate Larry Steinbachek who has died aged 56.

The keyboardist formed the synth-pop group with singer Somerville and Steve Bronski in 1983.

He died last month after a short battle with cancer, his sister told the BBC.

Somerville dedicated a version of the group's 1984 track Screaming to Steinbachek on his Facebook page.

Alongside the link he wrote: "In memory of Larry Steinbacheck (sic) whose death was announced yesterday.

"We were young, brave and determined. Too OUT to stay in! Thank you for that moment Larry."

The electronic trio were known for campaigning on gay rights issues and their debut album, The Age Of Consent, featured the consent age for males in various countries around the world on its inner sleeve.

The album also featured a cover of Donna Summer's I Feel Love with singer Marc Almond.

Almond s aid he was "very sad to hear of the young death of Larry Steinbachek" in a post on Twitter.

He added: "(I) enjoyed working with Bronski back in the 80s and having a big hit with them."

After The Age Of Consent, Somerville departed to form pop group The Communards with Richard Coles. He was replaced by John Foster and later Jonathan Hellyer.

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