Tributes have been paid to a guitarist, formerly of the band Northern Uproar, who has been killed in a lorry accident.
Jeffrey Fletcher, 36, was reportedly decapitated in the collision with the heavy goods vehicle in Stockport on Monday.
Messages have poured in for the musician, who was killed instantly at the scene on Wellington Road.
Northern Uproar formed in Heald Green,Stockport, in 1995 and the band had a number of singles in the charts.
They toured with Prodigy and The Charlatans before splitting in 1995. A photo on the band’s Facebook page shows them posing with Noel Gallagher.
Northern Uproar reformed in 2006 but Fletcher left the group last year.
In a statement on Facebook, they said:”Our Jeff would not believe the amount of love and concern everyone is showing.
“He was a quiet man, he didn’t do Facebook. Most that have met him say the same – a gentleman, talented and very, very funny. Our thoughts and love to Jeff’s family.”
The band is currently performing in Northern Ireland where members dedicated their performances to Fletcher.
Fletcher’s family gave a statement to Greater Manchester Police which said they would remember the “gentle giant” for his “infectious laugh”.
“The outpour of love and wishes from friends old and new shows us how loved he has been and this is a comfort to his family.
“We cannot comprehend the fairness of a loss of someone who had such success as a young man to have had his life cut so short in such a tragic and sudden way.
“He will be dearly missed by his family and all that knew him. Goodnight Jeff.”
Police are investigating the crash but no arrests have been made.
Senior Investigating Officer, Sergeant Lee Westhead said: “Our thoughts are with Jeffrey’s family at this difficult time.”