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Asia and King Crimson’s John Wetton dies aged 67: music stars react and pay tribute

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John Wetton, singer and bassist in King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Roxy Music and supergroup Asia, has died aged 67.

Wetton had been battling colon cancer, and according to a statement from Asia, passed away in his sleep on Tuesday morning.

Bandmate Geoff Downes shared a touching tribute to his collaborator on Facebook, stating:

“His bass playing was revolutionary. His voice was from the gods. His compositions - out of this world. His sense of melody and harmony - unreal. He was literally a 'special one'.

“But John was much more than a gigantic and unique musical talent. He was a supremely intelligent man, marked with his great observations and wisdom about life; all couched within his wicked sense of humour.”

Several music stars have shared tributes to the bassist on social media - we’ve posted a selection below.