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The Overtones star Timmy Matley dies aged 36

The Overtones star Timmy Matley dies aged 36

Timmy has died aged 36 (Picture: Rex Features)

The Overtones star Timmy Matley has died aged 36.

The sad news was confirmed by his bandmates on social media.

The Overtones members Mike Crawshaw, Mark Franks, Darren Everest and Lachie Chapman tweeted: ‘It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce that our dear friend and brother Timmy has passed away.

‘We know this news will be as heartbreaking for you all as it is for us.

‘We appreciate your love and support at this difficult time.’

Timmy had been battling skin cancer since 2016, having been diagnosed with stage three malignant melanoma.

The circumstances of his death have not been confirmed.

Phillip Schofield was among the first people to pay tribute to Matley, writing to the band: ‘I’m so terribly sorry to hear this and sending lots of love to you all and particularly Timmy’s family and his many friends.’

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Scarlett Moffatt tweeted: ‘Such sad news  sending all my love to you all, friends and family’; while Sam Bailey wrote: ‘This is so very sad!!! What an amazing voice! Such a loss!!! Here for you guys x anything you need.’

Fans replied to the band’s tweet sharing their heartbreak and memories of Timmy.

Matley was due to complete a charity skydive on 3 May to raise money for the Royal Marsden hospital in London, where he received his cancer treatment. He had already raised £6,000 through a JustGiving page.

The Overtones were set to go on tour this summer, performing in June in Norwich and Wrexham and going on to tour the UK in July.

Matley’s final performance with The Overtones was on 23 March, when the band performed on Jane McDonald And Friends.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Timmy Matley, Lachie Chapman, Mike Crawshaw, Mark Franks and Darren Everest of The Overtones pose backstage at the Magic FM Sparkle Gala at The Indigo2 at O2 Arena on December 3, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Timmy was a member of the vocal group The Overtones (Picture: Getty)

Matley’s final tweets came on 3 April, when he shared a video of RuPaul’s Drag Race star Miss Vanjie mashed up with The Shining, writing: ‘Ha ha love this.’

He also tweeted about a woman ‘Morissetting’ her husband in a viral video, writing: ‘Best part of this video is when he says stop and Lisa says simply( I never will) !!! We need to go for a Guinness girl you crack me up.’

Timmy was originally from Cork, Ireland, and moved to London aged 17 to follow a singing career.

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He performed as part of the band Lexi Joe, auditioning for The X Factor in 2009 but failing to make the final 24.

In 2010, Lachie Chapman joined the group and they reformed themselves as The Overtones. They were discovered by Warner Bros when a talent scout heard them singing The Longest Time while on a tea break from painting and decorating together.

Their debut album Good Ol’ Fashioned Love was released in November 2010, and 500,000 copies of the record have been sold. The band have gone on to release four other albums – Higher, Saturday Night At The Movies, Sweet Soul Music and Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas.

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