Happy Mondays star Paul Ryder dies aged 58

Happy Mondays star Paul Ryder has died aged 58, his family confirmed.

Ryder, brother of band member Shaun Ryder, was the bass player and one of the founding members of the Manchester band.

Announcing his death on Twitter, his family wrote: ‘The Ryder family and Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder passed away this morning.

‘A true pioneer and legend.

‘He will be forever missed.

‘We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.

‘Long live his funk.’

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