Tina Turner’s former band member and music icon John Miles dies ‘in his sleep’

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Music legend John Miles, who worked with the likes of Tina Turner and Jimmy Page in his long career, has sadly died aged 72.

Along with working alongside other legends in the music industry – including Andre Botticelli and Joe Cocker, John became famous for his international smash hit Music Was My First Love And It Will Be My Last.

The star's management has confirmed that he died "peacefully" in his sleep with his family at his bedside.

John's manager said: "John was not only so kind and gentle but a brilliant musician and songwriter on the world stage."

The musician had been married to his wife Ellen for 50 years, and is succeeded by his two children and two grandchildren.

His hit track Music soared to Number 1 back in 1976, and even achieved worldwide success when the track made its way to the Netherlands and later featured in Night of the Proms.

The musician acted as Tina Turner's regular guitarist after his own music career began to lag, before heading out on tour with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Joe Cocker.

He also made an appearance on Jimmy Page's 1988 album Outrider and its subsequent tour.

And Eurovision fans in the UK will definitely remember John, as in 1990 he participated in the national heat of A Song For Europe with his track Where I Belong.

The song eventually placed second in the competition.

John's son, John Miles Jr, followed in his father's footsteps and is also a musician, performing with bands including The Urge, Milk Inc and Fixate.

Tributes have already begun pouring in for the late star, with one fan writing on Twitter: "Sorry to hear about the loss of local legend John Miles. Part of his biggest hit ‘Music’ was Metro Radio news intro in the late 70s.

"Sad loss to music and the North East, thoughts with his family and friends."

"His was my go to album in the 70’s R.I.P. to one of the most innovative music artists of his time," someone else wrote in.

As a third fan echoed: "Just heard John Miles passed away. Very sad news. Loved his British NF entry and he was always a welcome presence at the Night of the Proms."

Another fan tweeted: "So sorry to hear of the passing of John Miles. I enjoyed his performances at the Night Of The Proms every year. Mr Proms is no more."

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