The founding member of a popular 1960s English rock band, The Moody Blues, sadly passed away on Thursday, January 4th. News about his passing did not break until Sunday, January 7th.
Ray Thomas, Moody Blues’ founding member, was 76 years old at the time of his death. According to the New York Times, a cause of death has not been released, but Thomas did reveal his struggle with prostate cancer in 2014.
Thomas’ sudden death came as a shock to family members and others close to him. His music label, Esoteric Recordings/Cherry Red Records, released the following statement on Sunday:
"We are deeply shocked by his passing and will miss his warmth, humor 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."
The sad news came only a few months before the band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—they will be inducted in April of this year.
Although The Moody Blues started in England, the band eventually became internationally famous with some of their hit songs like “Go Now,” “Night in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon.” Additionally, The Moody Blues' 1967 album "Days of Future Passed" is known as a “prog-rock landmark,” which gained worldwide attention.
According to CBS News, Thomas released two solo albums after the band broke up in 1974. Eventually, the band got back together, but Thomas ended up leaving permanently for health reasons.
Please pray for Ray Thomas’s fans, friends, family, and loved ones. In other celebrity news, “Fixer Upper” fans expressed concern over Joanna Gaines’ ultrasound.