Bay City Rollers founder Alan Longmuir dies age 70

Bay City Rollers founder Alan Longmuir has died following a short illness.

Just weeks after he was flown back to the UK from Mexico, where he had contracted an illness, the Edinburgh-born musician passed away in hospital this morning (July 2) at the age of 70.

He was surrounded by family and friends.

Liam Rudden, writer/director of the hit Fringe show I Ran With The Gang, and a close friend of Longmuir, said: “Having worked closely with Alan for the last seven years I am devastated by the news he has left us.

“Alan was one of the most gentle, generous and kind-hearted people I have ever known.

“He touched the lives of everyone he met with a smile that made them feel special, insisting that despite his amazing adventures in life he was still ‘just a plumber from Edinburgh’.”

As previously reported on AAA Edinburgh, Longmuir spent three days in intensive care in Mexico last month after falling ill while on holiday with his wife, Eileen.

Having been stabilised by doctors in the holiday hotspot of Cancun, the musician was flown home by air ambulance.

On his return to Scotland, Longmuir was being treated at Forth Valley Hospital in Larbert.

A statement from Eileen and Longmuir’s family said: “We are devastated to share the news that Alan has passed away peacefully surrounded by family.

“He was an extraordinary man with an extraordinary heart. He brought so much love and kindness to everyone he met, and he leaves a huge whole in our family. He would humbly say he was ‘just a plumber from Edinburgh who got lucky’. However, we are the lucky ones; the ones who were lucky enough to have Alan as part of our lives.

“We would like to thank everyone for the love and support they have provided so far. We would now make a firm request to allow us to mourn Alan’s passing in private.”

The Bay City Rollers became one of the most successful groups of all time after they burst upon the scene in the early 1970s, selling an estimated 70 million records.

The reformed band – featuring Les McKeown, Alan Longmuir and Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood – triggered a new wave of Rollermania a couple of years ago when they announced a string of comeback gigs before releasing a brand new album and going on to be honoured with a Living Legends award at Scotland’s music industry Oscars.

The Rollers enjoyed a string of No.1 hit singles and albums all over the world, including Bye Bye Baby, Shang-a-Lang, Keep On Dancing and Summerlove Sensation.

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