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The Sweet bassist Steve Priest dies aged 72

The news was announced on the band’s official Facebook page on Thursday.

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The death of Steve Priest (right) was announced on Thursday (Peter Jordan/PA)

The death of Steve Priest (right) was announced on Thursday (Peter Jordan/PA)

The death of Steve Priest (right) was announced on Thursday (Peter Jordan/PA)

The Sweet bassist Steve Priest has died aged 72, his former bandmate has said.

The group’s guitarist Andy Scott announced the news on Facebook.

He wrote: “I am in pieces right now. Steve Priest has passed away.

“His wife Maureen and I have kept in contact and though his health was failing I never envisaged this moment. Never.

Then there was one! I am in pieces right now. Steve Priest has passed away. His wife Maureen and I have kept in...

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“My thoughts are with his family.”

Glam rock band The Sweet found success in the 1970s and had hits such as Ballroom Blitz and Fox On The Run.

Scott added that the late musician was “the best bass player I ever played with”.

He said: “The noise we made as a band was so powerful.

“From that moment in the summer of 1970 when we set off on our musical odyssey the world opened up and the roller coaster ride started.”

He did not reveal the cause of Priest’s death.

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