Primal Scream's Robert 'Throb' Young Dies at 49

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Robert "Throb" Young, Andrew Innes and Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream.

The guitarist was with the band from 1984 until 2006.

Former Primal Scream guitarist Robert "Throb" Young was found dead at age 49 in his home in England on Tuesday, The Guardian reports. His cause of death has yet to be determined.

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"We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young," Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes said in a statement. "A beautiful and deeply soulful man. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers, In the words of Johnny Marr, 'Throb with a gold top Les Paul -- unbeatable.' He was a true rock and roller. He walked the walk. He had 'Heart & Soul' tattooed on his arm and I'm sure on his heart too. He once said to me 'when we go onstage it's a war between us and the audience.' He never let go of that attitude. Our love and thoughts are with his sons Brandon and Miles and their mother Jane, his wife Rachel, and his immediate family."

Young began as the bassist for Primal Scream in 1984, joining school friend Gillespie in the band. He later switched to guitar, and he would remain the band's guitarist until 2006. While Young never publicly stated why he left the group, Gillespie said in a 2006 interview that his longtime friend had some personal demons to work through. "Let's just say that he's got some problems that he's got to sort out for himself," Gillespie told the Independent at the time. "It's a hard thing to talk about, because it's private and it's his life, and I don't think I have the right to judge him. I'd like Throbert to be alive. I'd like him to be well. I'd like him to be happy. Further than that I can't really say. I just hope he wants to get better."

Many of Young's musical peers are paying tribute to the late guitarist on Twitter, including Oasis' Liam Gallagher:


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