Robert “Throb” Young, the founding member and guitarist of Scottish rock band, Primal Scream, was found dead in his apartment at 3.30 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2014. He died at the age of 49. No cause of death has been revealed yet, but no foul play is suspected by authorities according to the report from the Guardian. He helped the band reach stardom in the 1990s. His former bandmates paid tribute to him, calling him a “beautiful and deeply soulful man.” Keep reading for further details.
Former Scream collaborators and friends of the star — including Oasis’ Liam Gallagher and Andy Bell, “Trainspotting,” Scottish author Irvine Welsh and the Charlatans’ Tim Burgess — all took to the social networking account to pay tribute when the news of Young’s passing surfaced. The news was first revealed in a post on the Primal Scream message board by occasional bassist Mani.
RIP Robert Young AKA 'Throb'. Live Forever LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) September 11, 2014
So sad to hear of the death of Rob 'Throb' Young https://t.co/ZZ6a93DYXL A real good un
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) September 11, 2014
RIP Robert Young. One of the best, the most beautiful, who WAS rock n roll. Big love bro, give them it big time over the other side. #Throb
— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) September 11, 2014
In 1984, Young founded the band with school friend and singer Bobby Gillespie in Glasgow. Young joined Primal Scream as bassist before recording their debut album, 1987’s “Sonic Flower Groove,” but soon shifted to guitar, where he’d make an inimitable impact on classic albums like 1991’s “Screamadelica,” which went on to win the first ever Mercury Prize and 1997’s “Vanishing Point.”
Young also provided the vocals for Screamadelica’s acid house cover of 13th Floor Elevators’ “Slip Inside This House.” After the release of that landmark album, Young stayed with the band for 1994’s “Give Out But Don’t Give Up,” including the hit “Rocks,” through 2006’s “Riot City Blues.” After nearly two decades in the group, the guitarist decided to take a time off from Primal Scream in 2006 to get in terms with problems in his personal life.
May his soul rest in peace. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family, fans and friends.
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