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article imageRock drummer found dead at home aged 40

By Andrew John     Jun 7, 2010 in Entertainment
The former drummer with the Welsh rock band the Stereophonics, Stuart Cable, was found dead at his home this morning. He was 40.
Cable was the drummer with the Stereophonics till 2003, and then began to host a rock show in BBC Radio Wales.
He was found dead at his home in Llancoed near Aberdare in South Wales at about 5.30 this morning British time. Police have confirmed they’re investigating the death.
The Stereophonics came together in Cwmaman near Aberdare in 1992, comprising Cable, and Kelly and Richard Jones. They rose to recognition quickly, and were soon supporting such acts as the Rolling Stones and U2.
After he left the Stereophonics, Cable formed his own band, Killing for Company. A tribute on the band’s website says, “You will be missed.”
A police statement issued today said: “Cause of death has not yet been established[;] however, there are no suspicious circumstances at this stage.”
Cable had tensions with the Stereophonics’ vocalist Kelly Jones, a relationship that was examined in Cable’s autobiography, Demons and Cocktails. In it, Cable said his split from the Stereophonics was connected with Jones’s wish to produce their third album.
“There were also said to be tensions in the band about Cable’s burgeoning career as a presenter,” says the BBC.
Three years ago, Cable left BBC Wales to launch a Cardiff branch of the rock station XFM, but it had been on air only six months before it closed down.
A tribute was paid today by BBC Radio Wales producer and friend Darren Broome: “He was a warm-hearted person who loved Aberdare and the Cynon Valley [in South Wales] and chose to live there.
“He was a huge personality. I feel very numb. He was so passionate about music.”
He added: “He was a total, total music fan and inspiration to performers and so proud of his home town. A diamond geezer, a top dude.”
Another tribute came from Radio Wales editor Steve Austin: “We are all profoundly shocked and saddened at the news of Stuart’s death. He was an extraordinary man.
“He was well loved by both colleagues and listeners and he will be deeply missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”
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