News has broken this morning that the founding member of Jamiroquai, keyboard player Toby Smith has sadly passed away.
He passed away n April 11 at the age of 46.
Posting on their official Twitter account the band said: ‘We will miss you Toby, without you there would be no Jamiroquai.’
They posted a statement to the fan site Funkin on Wednesday but did not disclose the cause of death.
— Jamiroquai (@JamiroquaiHQ) April 14, 2017
The statement said: ‘It is with great sadness to hear and relay the news that original Jamiroquai keyboard player Toby Smith died on 11th April 2017.
‘He was an original member of the band until 2002 when he left to spend more time with his family.
‘He set up a recording studio at his home, started producing cider with some friends, built up a love (and garage) of classic cars and was a keen horse rider.’
‘This is a very sad day for all Jamiroquai fans. Much love to his wife, children and the rest of his family.’
Members of the band and others they have collaborated with in the past have been sharing their tributes.
I'm sad Toby Smith has died. On keys a crucial member of Jamiroquai and a great producer. We worked on my song Ghosts together. A good man! pic.twitter.com/dffiUWak9F
— MrHudson (@MrHudson) April 13, 2017
— Jo Whiley (@jowhiley) April 13, 2017
Smith was born in October 1970 and formed the band in 1992 with lead singer Jay Kay and members Stuart Zender, Nick Van Gelder and Wallis Buchanan.
He co-wrote a number of the band’s songs including Virtual Insanity, Space Cowbody and Deeper Underground.
After leaving the band he became a music producer and managed The Hoosiers who formed back in 2003. He also coproduced Matt Cardle’s third album Porcelain.
An insider revealed that he had died beside his wife and children, and that it had come as a ‘surprise and complete shock.’