Moody Blues singer Ray Thomas dies at his home aged 76January 7, 2018
Moody Blues singer Ray Thomas has passed away after a battle with prostate cancer.
The English rock hero, 76, died at his home in Surrey on Thursday, January 4.
His record label have since released a statement confirming his death.
In a statement, they said: 'It is with profound sorrow and sadness that Cherry Red Records and Esoteric Recordings regret to announce that Ray Thomas, founder member, flautist and vocalist of the Moody Blues, passed away suddenly at his home in Surrey on Thursday.
'We are deeply shocked by his passing and will miss his warmth, humour and kindness. It was a privilege to have known and worked with him and our thoughts are with his family and his wife Lee at this sad time.'
Thomas withdrew from the band in 1999, citing ill health. In 2014 he confirmed he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
In a statement four years ago, he said: 'My cancer was inoperable but I have a fantastic doctor who immediately started me on a new treatment that has had 90% success rate.
'The cancer is being held in remission but I'll be receiving this treatment for the rest of my life.
'I have four close friends who have all endured some kind of surgery or treatment for this cancer and all are doing well.
'While I don't like to talk publicly about my health problems, after Alvin [Stardust]'s death, I decided it was time I spoke out.
'A cancer diagnosis can shake your world and your family's but if caught in time it can be cured or held in remission.
'I urge all males to get tested NOW. Don't put it off by thinking it won't happen to me. It needs to be caught early.
'It's only a blood test - a few minutes out your day to save yourself from this disease. Love and God Bless, Ray.'
Moody Blues are internationally renowned with hit singles such as 'Go Now' and 'Question'.
The group have been awarded 18 platinum and gold disk and have sold 70 million albums worldwide. They are set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year.