Rising British singer/songwriter Matthew Jay died Sept. 24 after falling from a seventh-story window in Nottingham, England, his label EMI confirmed today (Sept. 30).

Rising British singer/songwriter Matthew Jay died Sept. 24 after falling from a seventh-story window in Nottingham, England, his label EMI confirmed today (Sept. 30). He was 24. "His act would appear to have been an impulsive gesture following a professionally difficult year and perhaps, a difficult day," says a statement issued on behalf of the artist. It is understood that he was alone at the time and no note was left.

Jay's debut album, "Draw," was a critical success following its April 2001 release through EMI imprint Food. He went on to support such acts as Dido, Doves, Starsailor and Stereophonics.

"Everyone here who knew Matthew will remember him as such a lovely guy, and a very talented artist," EMI said in a statement. "We are deeply shocked and send our sympathy to his family and friends." Jay was said to be working on new material at the time of his death.