Stereophonics former drummer found dead

LONDON - AUGUST 21:  Stuart Cable attends The Kerrang Awards 2008 held at The Brewery on August 21, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The drummer was found dead in his Welsh home earlier on today.

Stuart Cable was a founding member of Stereophonics up until 2003 when the band kicked him out after a falling out with the singer, Kelly Jones.

At around 5.30am this morning, he was found in his Welsh home. Although police aren’t treating it as suspicious, there have been empty alcohol bottles taken from the scene.

Stuart’s mother Mabel, 79, said: “Stuart has travelled all over the world with the band and I have worried myself silly.

“He is now settled down and then this has happens. It has not sunk in yet.”

His brother Paul added: “The family has no further comment to make at this stage. It is in the hands of the police.”

Kelly Jones was also in shock, saying: “He wished me good luck for the gig in Cardiff and his girlfriend asked me to go down to his 40th birthday a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t make it as we had commitments in London. I texted him on his birthday and said happy 40th.

“He said ‘I thought I would never make it to 40’, and I said ‘Well, you will live to 100’.

“And that’s one of the last things we said to each other, which is quite strange really. But he was just a character, wasn’t he?”

They were meant to meet for a drink last night, but instead Kelly recieved a call from Stuart’s brother at 8.30am to tell him of the news.

Kelly added that both he and Richard Jones – who formed Stereophonics with Jones and Cable in 1992 – were both “still in shock”.

Our thoughts are with the family. RIP Stuart Cable.