Delays frontman Greg Gilbert dies, aged 44
Greg Gilbert, the lead singer and chief songwriter of indie band Delays, has died at the age of 44. The news came on Thursday evening via his wife Stacey Heale, who announced in a post on her Facebook page that Greg had “gently slipped away into the stars”.
Gilbert was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in 2016 and had been documenting his illness and treatment on social media through a series of poems and art, including sketches made in biro following his diagnosis that formed part of an exhibition at Southampton City Gallery, in the band's hometown.
A crowdfunding initiative for Greg's continued treatment was launched following his diagnosis and doubled its initial target in less than 48 hours, raising more than £215,000, but it was eventually announced in August this year that Greg had been taken off treatment and was receiving palliative care and pain relief in a hospice.
Gilbert led the band through four albums over the course of a decade, including their outstanding debut album Faded Seaside Glamour. Greg's brother Aaron Gilbert, the band's bassist, paid an emotional tribute to Greg in a statement posted on Twitter:
“I'm so lucky to have had a brother to carve out such impossibly beautiful moments with, and to show me the true meaning of courage and strength.
“He is, and always will be in our melodies, and in all the breaths in between, he is in every brush stroke and every piece of art his mind gave light to.”