ex stereophonics drummer dies

Ex-Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable has died aged 40

Former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable has been found dead at his home in south Wales.

Emergency services attended his home at Llwydcoed near Aberdare, Cynon Valley, at 0530 BST on Monday.

South Wales Police said the cause of death had not been established but there were no suspicious circumstances at this stage.

Cable, who left the Stereophonics in 2003, had hosted his rock show on BBC Radio Wales on Saturday.

South Wales Police confirmed they were investigating the sudden death of a 40-year-old man at an address in Llwydcoed.

Next of kin have been informed.

His death comes just two days after Cable's former band Stereophonics played at Cardiff City Stadium.

The band was formed in Cwmaman near Aberdare in 1992 by school friends Kelly and Richard Jones along with Cable, who was four years older.

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I will remember him as someone who was so alive - I can't believe he's gone

Mike Peters
The Alarm, singer
A star who stayed close to home
Within five years they were rising stars, supporting bands such as the Rolling Stones and U2.

Cable has said he was planning to leave the band before he was sacked in September 2003.

He also said he had no regrets about leaving the band.

He later formed a new group called Killing for Company, who were due to play at the Download festival Donington Park on Saturday.

The band's new album is due for release to coincide with it.

A simple tribute message on their website says "you will be missed".

Mike Peters, lead singer with The Alarm, said Cable's band had only recently played with them and his death was a "real shock" and a "real tragedy".

"He was supposed to be joining us for Rhondda Rocks. I will remember him as someone who was so alive - I can't believe he's gone. I don't know what the circumstances are but it's a real tragedy.

"He was always smiling and laughing and great to be around. He had lots of energy and couldn't wait for the next day to come around.

Police guarding Stuart Cable's house in Aberdare
"He was a larger than life character who seemed to be a driving force behind the personality of the Stereophonics."

Singer Cerys Matthews added: "He was always such generous company and will be missed terribly. My love goes to his family."

Another tribute came from Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, who said he was "very shocked" to hear the news.

"He was always lovely when we met. Love to his family and friends. RIP," he said on his Twitter feed.

Welsh actor and comedian Rob Brydon tweeted: "Terribly sad news about Stuart Cable, such a lovely, warm, funny, talented man".

South Wales Police said they could confirm the death, at around 0530 BST.

"Cause of death has not yet been established, however, there are no suspicious circumstances at this stage," said a force statement. "

Next of kin have been informed."

Cable's autobiography, Demons and Cocktails, was released in 2009.

Stuart Cable left Sterephonics in 2003
The autobiography shed light on tensions between Cable and Stereophonics vocalist Kelly Jones which eventually led to the drummer's departure.

Cable revealed the split was mainly sparked off by Jones' desire to produce the band's third album.

There were also said to be tensions in the band about Cable's burgeoning career as a presenter.

He hosted his own TV show, Cable TV, and radio show, Cable Rock, for BBC Wales.

He has also been involved in a variety of other projects.

In March 2002, he took part in a BBC Wales social action campaign urging young men to look out for the warning signs of testicular cancer.

In autumn 2007 Cable quit the BBC to launch a Cardiff-based branch of rock station XFM, which closed after six months on air.

Neighbours of Stuart Cable Geraint Hill and Terry Davies pay tribute to a 'lovely man'
He was also a presenter for the Birmingham-based commercial radio station Kerrang!

But he returned back at BBC Radio Wales with his Saturday rock show in April.

'Extraordinary man'
BBC Radio Wales producer and friend of Cable, Darren Broome - who worked with Cable on his final show on Saturday - said: "He was a warm-hearted person who loved Aberdare and the Cynon valley and chose to live there.

"He was a huge personality. I feel very numb. He was so passionate about music."

Mr Broome said the musician was "a scream" to work with.

"It was the best two hours, playing good music in the company of Stuart Cable," he said.

"He was a total, total music fan and inspiration to performers and so proud of his home town. A diamond geezer, a top dude."

Steve Austins, editor of Radio Wales said: "We are all profoundly shocked and saddened at the news of Stuart's death. He was an extraordinary man.
Condolences to his family. I liked him and thought he did well for himself as a presenter after he left the Stereophonics.

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