Lead Singer Of Scottish Band The Lapelles Dies In Tragic Accident
14 August 2016, 19:33 | Updated: 14 August 2016, 19:50
The frontman of the young Scottish band has died, aged 22.
Gary Watson passed away as a result of injuries sustained after an accident on Saturday 13 August, which saw him fall into the River Clyde in Glasgow. Today (14 August) would have been his 22nd birthday.
The Scottish Daily Record reports that police received reports that a man had been seen in the water near Glasgow Bridge at around 10pm. Emergency services took was him to the Royal Infirmary where he died shortly afterwards.
The Lapelles, who hail from East Kilbride, had recently supported bands such as The Last Shadow Puppets, Blossoms and The Kooks, as well as a slot at Scotland’s T In The Park festival last month. They were due to perform at Electric Fields festival over the August Bank Holiday and with The Jesus And Mary Chain at their Glasgow shows at the end of the month.
In a statement on their Facebook page, the band said:
“We are lost for words and struggling to process such a tragedy. Gary was a creative force, a man who without his vision this band wouldn't exist. We have lost a friend, a brother, a hero. At the moment it doesn't seem real. We send our deepest condolences to Gary's family and would appreciate your respect in allowing them & us some peace whilst we grieve.”
Lead guitarist Leon Green posted: “I love you so much you're my actual brother and I'll never forget that, Rest In Peace, you're my hero.”
Last weekend saw the band play the Belladrum Tartan Heart festival and they were due to head out on a full UK tour in October, including a date with All Tvvins at London’s 100 Club on the 26th.
Their latest single was Grab Life By, released in June.
Fellow Scots Franz Ferdinand paid tribute to Watson on Twitter:
We're so sad to hear of the tragic passing of @TheLapelles Gary Watson, a lovely, talented man. Thoughts are with his family, friends & band— Franz Ferdinand (@Franz_Ferdinand) August 14, 2016
As did Baby Strange:
We are totally devastated from hearing that our good friend Gary Watson is no longer with us. RIP. We love you. https://t.co/IKC6ADJIuY— BABY STRANGE (@BABYSTRANGEX) August 14, 2016
Radio X sends its condolences to Gary’s family and friends.