January 7, 2017
“It is with profound sorrow and sadness that Cherry Red Records and Esoteric Recordings regret to announce that Ray Thomas, founder member, flautist and vocalist of the Moody Blues, passed away suddenly at his home in Surrey on Thursday 4th January 2018,” the company said in a statement.
“We are deeply shocked by his passing and will miss his warmth, humour and kindness. It was a privilege to have known and worked with him and our thoughts are with his family and his wife Lee at this sad time.”
The singer, songwriter and musician was one of the founding members of the band, and remained with them until 2002 when he retired due to ill health.
In 2014 Ray, who suffered from mobility issues, confirmed that he’d been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but assured fans it was largely treatable.
In a statement he said: “My cancer was in-operable but I have a fantastic doctor who immediately started me on a new treatment that has had 90 per cent success rate.
“The cancer is being held in remission but I’ll be receiving this treatment for the rest of my life. I have four close friends who have all endured some kind of surgery or treatment for this cancer and all are doing well.
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