'Long live his funk': Happy Mondays star Paul Ryder dead at 58

The bassist founded the band with his brother, Shaun, in 1980.

Happy Mondays pay tribute as bassist Paul Ryder dies at age of 58 iStock

Happy Mondays bassist Paul Ryder has died, the band confirmed via social media on Friday.

Ryder, 58, was the brother of frontman Shaun, as well as a founding member of the group.

A statement from the band said the musician died on Friday morning.

He was credited with giving the band their signature groove present on hits such as Step On and Kinky Afro, which was influenced by the electronic dance music of the 1980s.

In a statement on Facebook, the band said: “The Ryder family and Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder passed away this morning.

“A true pioneer and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.

“Long live his funk.”

Oasis and Ride guitarist Andy Bell was among those paying tribute, tweeting: “Really sad news about Paul Ryder, RIP.”

The Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown added: “Rest in peace Ryder. A great friend, a great musician, a great fella, big love to Amelia, Jacob, Sonny, Chico and the family and band. Love ya longtime Pabs.”

Although best known for his role in Happy Mondays, Paul also acted in several films -The Ghosts of Oxford Street, Losing It, as well as the film about his band, 24 Hour Party People.

He leaves behind his 19-year-old son, Chico Ryder.

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