Mott the Hoople bassist Pete Overend Watts has died aged 69
Watts played on the group's best known hit All The Young Dudes, released in 1972 after being written and produced by the late David Bowie.
He died on Sunday of cancer, said Peter Purnell from record label Angel Air Records.
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He said Watts was a "highly intelligent and witty man who throughout his adult life was both an immensely likeable character and an enigma".
His death comes almost exactly a year after that of drummer Dale Griffin.
The musicians death followed a battle with cancer
Born in Yardley, Birmingham, Watts attended Ross Grammar School where he met Griffin.
They played in local bands such as The Anchors, Wild Dogs Hellhounds and The Silence.
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His death comes exactly a year after the death of drummer Dale Griffin
The line-up changed in 1968, when keyboard player Verden Allen joined, and they changed their name to The Shakedown Sound.
Allen posted on Facebook that Watts was a "warm, funny, intelligent, talented and hugely charismatic person" who "always had an entertaining story to tell".