Frontman of Scottish band The Lapelles drowns

Gary Watson, lead singer of hotly-tipped young Scottish indie band The Lapelles, has drowned in a tragic accident the night before his 22nd birthday.

The East Kilbride band announced the tragic news on their Facebook page this afternoon (Aug 14), writing: “It’s with shock, heavy hearts and sadness that we have to let you know the news that Gary sadly passed away this morning as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic accident last night.

“Today was his 22nd birthday. We are lost for words and struggling to process such a tragedy.

“Gary was a creative force, a man who without his vision this band wouldn’t exist,” the band said in their Facebook statement.

“We have lost a friend, a brother, a hero. At the moment it doesn’t seem real. We send our deepest condolences to Gary’s family and would appreciate your respect in allowing them & us some peace whilst we grieve.”

According to The Scottish Sun, Watson is thought to have died after falling in the River Clyde – but this has yet to be confirmed by the band.

Police said the death is not suspicious.

Chris Beltran, The Lapelles promoter at DF Concerts, posted: “
One of the nicest, humble and talented guys I’ve ever met. He represented and will continue to represent the amazing excitement surrounding the music scene in Scotland. My thoughts are with the rest of team Lapelles and his family. So sad.”

Scottish indie legends Franz Ferdinand paid tribute to Watson on Twitter this afternoon, calling the late frontman a “lovely, talented man”.

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