Les McKeown dead: Bay City Rollers singer dies suddenly at 65 as family left ‘heartbroken’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Les McKeown dead: Bay City Rollers singer dies suddenly at 65 as family left ‘heartbroken’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown has sadly died aged 65. The Scottish singer died suddenly on Tuesday. His cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Les’ family confirmed the news to fans on the band’s Facebook page.

The pop star’s family wrote on the page: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father Leslie Richard McKeown. Leslie died suddenly at home on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

“We are currently making arrangements for his funeral. 

“If you would like to remember Leslie, please make a donation in his name to: [details] We thank you and ask for privacy after the shock of our profound loss. Thank you. Keiko and Jubei McKeown.”

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Les’ former manager John MacLaughlan also shared the heartbreaking news after receiving a phone call from Les’ devastated wife Peko Keiko.

John said: “I’m very sad and shocked and so is Peko, his wife. She is heartbroken and called me from Les’ phone with the news. I picked up and thought it was Les wanting a chat.

“I’m still in shock right now, I spoke to him last week and he was on great form and happy about life and happy to book his tour.

“We were friends as well as working partners.


Bay City Rollers’ guitarist Stuart Woody Wood also said: “I am upset and shocked to hear this very sad news.

“Les and I had our differences over the years but even though we had disagreements we are sending our heartfelt condolences to Peko wife and his son Jubie and all the Bay City Rollers Fans. It’s a sad day in Bay City Roller history.

“He was a great performer on stage and he was full of energy. I was roadying when Les first came into the band and I saw his first gig when he took over from Nobby Clark and injected new life into the band.

“I was fifteen and he was seventeen. I joined properly when I turned sixteen in 74. He had lots of energy on stage.”

Les rose to fame in the Bay City Rollers, who were beloved by teenage fans in the 70s.

The band’s first big hit came in 1973 with Remember.

They went on to release iconic tracks including All of Me Loves All of You, and I Only Want to Be With You.

Les joined the band, who were branded the “tartan teen sensations from Edinburgh”, in late 1973 before leaving in 1978.

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