Eccentric prog-psych musician Daevid Allen has died aged 77.

The sad news was confirmed by his son, Orlando Monday Allen via Facebook, reports The Guardian: "And so dada Ali, bert camembert, the dingo Virgin, divided alien and his other 12 selves prepare to pass up the oily way and back to the planet of love. And I rejoice and give thanks. Thanks to you dear dear daevid for introducing me to my family of magick brothers and mystic sisters, for revealing the mysteries, you were the master builder but now have made us all the master builders. As the eternal wheel turns we will continue your message of love and pass it around. We are all one, we are all gong. Rest well my friend, float off on our ocean of love. The gong vibration will forever sound and its vibration will always lift and enhance. You have left such a beautiful legacy and we will make sure it forever shines in our children and their children. Now is the happiest time of yr life. Blessed be."

Allen was born in Australia in 1938 but his involvement with the music business began when he moved to London in 1961. He formed Soft Machine in 1966, and anglo-French group Gong in 1970. He left the band in 1975, but they reformed in 1991 and kept on playing until cancer left Allen unable to tour.

R.I.P. Allen.