UFO founder and legendary bassist Pete Way dies aged 69 after accident

UFO founder Pete Way has died at the age of 69.

The legendary bassist is said to have sustained "life-threatening" injuries in a serious accident two months ago, which eventually led to his death.

Founded in 60s London, UFO was a hugely acclaimed Brit rock band that bridged the gap between rock music and heavy metal.

Way's tragic death was announced over Facebook, in a statement which read: “Iconic bass player Pete Way founder of UFO, Waysted and, latterly, The Pete Way Band has died.

“He sustained life-threatening injuries in an accident two months ago but fought hard until finally succumbing to those injuries at 11.35am BST today. His wife, Jenny, was at his side.

"Pete Way was a much loved and highly regarded figure among rock fans, critics and fellow musicians alike.

"Best known for his work with UFO, Pete’s energetic live performances were at the heart of the band’s countless world tours.

"His melodic bass lines underpinned the catalogue of enduring rock classics upon which UFO’s reputation and legacy were founded. Pete’s post UFO work included collaborating with Fast Eddie Clarke from Motörhead – the two putting together Fastway with Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist for his long time friend, Ozzy Osbourne.

"He then put together his own band Waysted. Pete’s keen ear for song arrangements have also seen him serve as producer for popular hard rock acts such as Twisted Sister and the Cockney Rejects."

The statement revealed Way had recently finished a solo album titled Walking On The Edge, which had been created in collaboration with producer Mike Clink.

It continued: "He had a biography published A Fast Ride Out Of Here in 2017 and an album Amphetamine which is currently out on Cargo Records."

As well as his beloved wife Jenny, Way is survived by two daughters, Zowie and Charlotte and his younger brother, Neill.

Since news of Way's death was announced, tributes from his fans have been flooding in on social media, honouring his musical legacy.

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