from 1978 to 2013 terence wilson was a member of the most successful reggae band in the world. ub40 sold more than 100 million records with the singer known by his nickname astro. in the coming year wilson wanted to go on tour again. but he has now passed away after a short, serious illness.
reggae musician terence wilson is dead. the singer, who became famous as a founding member of the band ub40, died at the age of 64 after a “very brief illness”. the death of the star, who is also known to fans of the band by the nickname astro, was announced via the official social media channels of his current band ub40 featuring ali campbell & astro.
“we are absolutely devastated and our hearts are broken, because we have to inform you that our beloved astro passed away today after a very brief illness,” says instagram, among others. “the world will never be the same without him.” the band also asks that the privacy of wilson’s family be respected “during this incredibly difficult time”.
the current band members of the cult band ub40, to which terence wilson no longer belonged, also spoke up via social media. “we received the sad news today that terence wilson, an ex-member of ub40 and better known as astro, has passed away after a short illness.” with their words, the formation combined a condolences to the family of the deceased.
born in birmingham, uk, terence wilson was one of the founding members of ub40 and was part of the band between 1978 and 2013. in the 1980s and 1990s, the musicians celebrated great success with hits such as “red red wine”, “can’t help falling in love” and “i got you babe”. the band sold more than 100 million records, making them one of the most successful reggae bands of all time.
the band often addressed social issues such as unemployment and racism in their lyrics. after wilson’s departure in 2013, he founded the group ub40 featuring ali campbell & astro together with his former bandmate ali campbell. a tour was planned for the coming year.