Budgie singer and bassist Burke Shelley dies, his heartbroken family confirms

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Budgie singer and bassist Burke Shelley has died aged 71 at a hospital in Cardiff.

The rockstar's death was announced by his daughter Ela Shelley on Monday evening.

In a social media statement, she said: "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my father, John Burke Shelley.

"He passed away this evening in his sleep at Heath Hospital in Cardiff, his birth town. He was 71 years old.

"Please respect the family during this time. With love, His four children: Ela, Osian, Dimitri and Nathaniel."

The talented musician's cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

The band was first formed in Cardiff in 1967 by Burke, singer and guitarist Tony Bourge and drummer Ray Phillips.

They released 10 albums between 1971 and 1982, including 1974’s In for the Kill!, which hit number 29 in the UK charts.

Shelley had reportedly been living with Stickler syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that can cause serious vision, hearing and joint problems.

Burke had also previously suffered two aortic aneurysms before his death.

Fans of the band stormed to social media to share their condolences.

One san said: "Rip burke shelley ,you left your mark on the rock world, without budgie would there be a "RUSH", very sad day in Wales"

A second added: "a shout out for Burke Shelley of Welsh legends Budgie would be nice. He passed away earlier today. The original Welsh power trio, years before the Manics."

A third wrote: "One of Wales’ finest rock heroes Burke Shelley. Breadfan had a huge impact on me as a kid. In 1996 I was lucky enough to meet him and what a truly fun guy. He could hit the high and low notes with tremendous power. RIP"

Another tweeted: "Burke Shelley’s passing reminds us of his immense talent whose body of work has inspired generations of musicians and will continue doing so long into the future. Budgie are seated rightfully alongside the greatest rock bands of all time. John Burke Shelley RIP. #burkeshelley"

A fifth typed: "RIP Burke Shelley of Budgie. One of my first heavy rock / heavy metal heroes"

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