Australian rock band The Screaming Jets bassist Paul Woseen has died, age 56.
The band on Friday confirmed the loss of its “brother in rock”, who was among the founding members when the group formed in Newcastle in 1989.
“It is with broken hearts that we tell you our beloved brother in rock Paul Woseen has passed away today,” his bandmates said in a statement.
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“We are shattered, dealing with the loss of Paully.
“He was a brilliant, shining light in all our lives.
“Our hearts are with Paully’s family, and we ask that you respect our need for privacy at this time.”
Woseen’s cause of death has not been confirmed.
The 56-year-old formed The Screaming Jets with frontman Dave Gleeson, Grant Walmsley and Richard Lara, with their debut album, All For One, peaking at number two on the ARIA charts.
The band is well-known for its hit Better, which reached the top five ARIA charts back in 1991.
Along with Gleeson, Woseen was the one constant in the bad as it welcomed different members over the years.
Current band members include Gleeson, Jimi Hocking on guitar and backing vocals, Scott Kingman on guitar and Cam McGlinchey on drums.
The Screaming Jets only recently released new single, Nothing to Lose, off its forthcoming album Professional Misconduct, which was due to be released on October 6.
The album comes ahead of a lengthy national tour kicking off in November.