Stereophonics former drummer found dead

Former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable has been found dead, police have confirmed.

Cable, 40, was found in Aberdarehome this morning (June 7) at 5:30am (BST).

South Wales Police confirmed the sudden death of a 40 year-old man, and his mother Mable also announced the news.

She said on  Walesonline.co.uk: “Stuart has travelled all over the world with the band and I have worried myself silly. He is now settled down and then this has happens. It has not sunk in yet.”

His brother Paul also released a statement. “The family has no further comment to make at this stage,” he said. “It is in the hands of the police.”

A cause of death has not yet been determined, though there are understood to be no suspicious circumstances involved at this stage.

The drummer was sacked from Stereophonics in 2003, and following his departure he went on to have a career in TV, radio and has hosted awards ceremonies.

BBC Wales have released this tribute

It is with great sadness that we report that Stuart Cabel former Stereophonics drummer and Radio Wales presenter, has died aged 40.

Emergency services attended Mr Cable’s house at Llwydcoed near Aberdare, Cynon Valley, at 0500 BST on Monday 7 June. Police say there are no suspicious circumstances. Read the latest on the BBC News Service

Cable performed with Stereophonics from their formation as Tragic Love Company until 2003. A larger-than-life character, he was famed for his big personality and his big hair. He brought a sense of fun to his work, and was always full of stories about his time on the road.

At the time of his death, he was drumming with Welsh band Killing For Company as well as presenting Saturday Night Cable on Radio Wales.

In the lead-up to the show’s latest run on Radio Wales, he came in to talk to Jamie and Louise and was as enthused as ever about his music, his love of great drummers and the show.

Killing For Company were due to perform at Donington Park this Saturday and their new album is due for release shortly.

“Stuart Cable gave me his ticket for Wales v Ireland Six Nations a few years back at the V club just before kick off because I’d arrived late and mine had been given to someone else. Seats were on the half way line in the sun. We made the opening of the game and he arrived a little later after getting another ticket. I’ll always remember having a good time with him at The Carpenters when I lived in Aberdare. A True gent.R.I.P.” – Richard Proctor, They Walk Among Us

“I just wanted to send you something about Stuart Cable because since the early days of The Automatic he was one of the most brilliant and supportive people we encountered. He was one of the few really genuine people you meet in the music industry when he said he’d come down to a gig he would, and be one of the most enthusiastic people there, which to a bunch of eighteen year olds meant the world. From then on we’d bump into him all over the place and he’d always be there with big smiles, hugs and a friendly face, wanting a drink and a chat. He was one of those people that always left a massive impression, one of the few big characters left in a music industry which is becoming increasingly bland and tempered down.

“The last time I saw him he was listening back to a mastered track from our last album and he came up, beaming, thumbs up shouting “IT SOUNDS LIKE SABBATH!” which was the biggest praise I think he could give.”

“I feel lucky to have met Stuart, shared a stage (even drum kits) with him. He’ll be massively missed.” – Iwan Griffiths, The Automatic

“Stuart will go down as the best Welsh Drummer of all time! He complemented the Phonics to their best work and was a great character in his own right. He will be sorely missed. RIP Butt.” – Mike Jones
“I am absolutely devastated at the death of Stuart Cable. I saw his new band twice this year: once at the gathering (for another welsh band, The Alarm), and also saw them supporting The Alarm at the Citrus Club in Edinburgh. Having spoken to him both at the gathering, and in Edinburgh, he was a really, genuine, down to earth, and thoroughly decent bloke – and his new band were, I think, destined to really make their mark. My thoughts go out to all of his friends and family: it’s a very sad day for Welsh Music.” – Luke Campbell
“I met Stuart with my son (a keen drummer at the time) after watching Scarlets at Stradey a few years ago. Despite him being with friends, Stuart took the time to chat to my son about his drumming and what he should do to improve. This is a tragic event for Wales.” – Ian Gravell
Stuart Cable was a fab entertainer and he always made me laugh he will be truly missed, rest in peace xxxxxxxxxxxxx”
Got to know Stuart through doing security at many an event over the years. Made a long day seem so much better. What a man. Will be missed.” – Michael Davies
“It’s a very sad day for Wales – RIP Stuart, he was one of the brightest star’s in Wales! The marmite man he was know in his circle of mates! You will be sadly missed RIP – Stuart.” –  Mikey

“Never had the pleasure of seeing Stuart perform live but I have plently of videos and DVDs of him drumming with Stereophonics and he was a truly talented and gifted performer. Stuart you will be missed. Rest in Peace x” – Sharan

“It’s so unbelievably sad to hear the news about Stuart Cable this morning. For thousands of twenty somethings throughout Wales, Stuart was the face of welsh music as we grew up. He was larger than life and will be missed by millions.” – Gareth Bate

“Can’t believe he is gone. Never to hear those dulcet tones again is a tragedy.” – Sue Pritchard-Jones

“There are very few musicians worth following. Stuart Cable was one of the few who were. Nice guy, funny and talented. The world needs more of his type, not less.” – Ed Parnell

“What a fantastic man and drummer. Can’t believe he’s gone. He will be missed massively by friends and fans. RIP.”

“Devastated Down Under in Wodonga, Victoria on this sad news of a Welsh Legend. From one Welsh Drummer to another.  RIP my friend! X” – Steve Stone

“Very sad to hear a great fellow drummer has died. I met Stuart when playing with my band Haven at the Cardiff Barfly back in 2002. He was the nicest guy you could meet and we had a great laugh together. Another life taken far too young. R.I.P.” – Jack Mitchell

“Stuart was quite simply the coolest man in Welsh rock, despite being part of one of Wales’ finest exports there was no rockstar attitude, never anything but one of the boys. He championed young bands from the area offering them spots on his radio show and support slots with his band, he always had time for everyone. The Welsh music scene is a poorer place without him. R.I.P. Stuart.” – Jarrad Owens, Amped

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