Happy Mondays star Paul Ryder has died at the age of 58
Happy Monday Star Paul Ryder has died aged 58.
The bassist was found dead on Friday (July 15), hours before he was due to play with the band at a festival in Sunderland. A cause of death is currently unknown.
Bandmate Shaun’s younger brother, Ryder, co-founded the group, whose official Facebook page announced the news.
A statement said: “The Ryder family and the Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to announce that Paul Ryder passed away this morning.”
Taking to Twitter, Shaun hailed his brother as “a true pioneer and a legend,” adding, “He will be missed forever. Thank you for respecting the privacy of everyone involved at this time.”
Happy Mondays are best known for the songs “Step On” and “Loose Fit”.
Ryder was also an actor, appearing in films, among other thingsThe Ghosts of Oxford Street and Michael Winterbottoms 24-hour party people (2002).
He also played a role in the film which told the story of Manchester’s popular music scene from 1976 to 1992. He was played by Paul Popplewell.
At the time of his death, Ryder, who was based in California, was still touring with Happy Mondays and was scheduled to perform at the Kubix Festival hours after his death.
The Independent has asked the festival for comment.
Speaking of time recording the band’s fourth album, titled Yes, please!In 1991, Ryder debunked “the wild stories about what we did” in the press as “myths and parodies.”
In a separate interview with live4ever.co.uk, Ryder said it was David Bowie who inspired him to become a musician. He said: “When I was eight years old, I looked at David Bowie top of the pops Looking like an alien made me realize in that moment that I wanted to be a musician.
“When I was 13 my dad bought me a bass and I figured this must be easier than playing the guitar since it only has four strings.”