Ross Dawson (pictured above, left), Late of the Pier drummer amongst other things, has tragically passed away.

He was involved in an accident that took his life on Friday 14th May, as confirmed by a statement from his family, which reads as follows:

"Our beloved Ross was involved in a very sudden and tragic accident on Friday night. Ross was the drummer in Late of the Pier who formed in 2005. As well as writing and playing his own material Ross was a drummer with many other successful artists including Misty Miller, Kai Fish and most recently Zibra. Ross was a monumental force in the lives of everybody who knew him, multi-talented, modest, kind and generous; he loved and was loved by his family. The world has become a sadder place without him. He will be eternally missed by all who knew and loved him."

A statement also appeared from Chairman of Warner Bros. Records and Parlophone, Miles Leonard:

"Late of the Pier were one of the most original, innovative and exciting artists I've ever worked with. Ahead of their time but with such a youthful outlook in both music and life. Although our time working together was relatively short, I shall remember Ross with great fondness and as a bright, personable and warm character. Sadly we have all lost a talented musician but his music will be with us forever. Our sincere condolences go to his friends and family."

Late of the Pier have released only one album, Fantasy Black Channel (2008). The song below, the fantastic 'Bathroom Gurgle', is taken from that album and features, of course, the drumming of Ross Dawson.