Moody Blues multi-instrumentalist Ray Thomas has died just months before his long-awaited induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
He had just turned 76 on December 29.
Esoteric and Cherry Red Records confirmed his death this morning, saying Thomas "passed away suddenly at his home in Surrey on Thursday."
Thomas revealed, via his personal website, that he'd been diagnosed with inoperable prostate cancer in 2013, but no official cause of death was initially mentioned.
Thomas wrote or co-wrote more than 25 Moody Blues songs and will be well remembered for his distinctive contributions on flute.
"My grandfather gave me a flute when I was a young man," Thomas told the Hit Channel in 2016. "I never took any lessons on flute myself. The thing was the flute blends beautifully with the strings and the stuff on the mellotron."
Source: Ultimate Classic Rock