One of Jamiroquai founding band members has tragically passed away.
The announcement of Toby Smith’s passing was released on the band’s social media Facebook page Friday.
The band’s keyboard player, 46 years old, was reportedly fighting an unknown illness for a while, although he “showed signs of beating it”.
Toby had been with Jamiroquai for over 10 years, from 1992 and leaving in 2002, performing in the band’s most-loved singles such as 1994’s track The Return Of The Space Cowboy as well as the 1996 hit Virtual Insanity, the songs that boosted the group’s popularity in America.
News of the death showed up on fan site funkin.com Wednesday, along with an upload stating: “It is with great sadness to hear and relay the news that original Jamiroquai keyboard player Toby Smith died on 11th April 2017.”
Friday morning, the lead-singer JK also confirmed the tragic news, and penned a moving tribute on his friend’s passing on Facebook.
He said: “Toby had fought this voracious illness with his own indefatigable and stubborn brand of spirit and courage for a very long time, and until fairly recently, had shown all the signs of beating it, only for it to take him away so cruelly from his wife, his children, his relations and his many friends.”
As he continued to recover from the recent news, the singer stated that he was “so heavy with grief and pain” upon hearing the information that he was unable to write any words about the death until now.
He said: “He has been a huge part of my life. Without him, there would be no JAMIROQUAI, and as I write this, the moon is clear and bright in the sky, and I think of him how it should be, riding his mighty horse across it, leaving a trail of stars behind him.
“I will miss you so much Tobesman. I will always be so proud of you. Ride the wind buddy, nothing can stop you now.”