Musicians have paid a tribute to singer Roger Charlery, known as Ranking Roger, who died at the age of 56.
The Birmingham-born star, best known as the singer of The Beat, died on Tuesday in a family, a statement said on the band's website.
Charlery had a stroke last summer and it was reported that he had been diagnosed with two brain tumors and lung cancer in recent months.
Tweeting Condolences, songwriter Billy Bragg said, "Rest, Rude Boy."
Pauline Black, standing before the two-tone revival The Selector, published a short excerpt from Hamlet that says, "Good night, sweet prince, and angel wings sing the rest of you."
In the meantime, Matt wrote Hoy, a reggae group singer UB40, on Instagram: "Rest in Peace Ranking Roger, such sad news !! Beautiful guy … Way [too] young !! his family."
As part of The Beat, Charlery led the two-color movement with a pronounced vocal style, influenced by the Jamaican rap technique of toasting.
The group had several top 10 hits, most notably Mirror in the Bathroom.
After the band broke up in 1983, Charlery formed together with members of Dexy's Midnight Runners and The Specials to the super group General Public.
The statement on The Beat's website said to the singer's failures, "He fought and fought and fought, Roger was a fighter."
He added, "Roger's family would like to thank everyone for their continued support to thank during this difficult time. "
The website had recently announced that Charlery had completed his biography, which was due to be published in early summer.
Charlery had just released an album with the band in January, Public Confidential.