The Overtones member Timmy Matley dies aged 36 after a battle with skin cancer

The group confirm the news with "the greatest sadness".

Timmy Matley, lead singer of the group The Overtones, has died at the age of 36.

The swing quintet confirmed the sad news on their Twitter account earlier today (April 11). Timmy had not taken part in the band's latest UK tour following a diagnosis with skin cancer.

The band tweeted: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce that our dear friend and brother Timmy has passed away. We know this news will be as heartbreaking for you all as it is for us. We appreciate your love and support at this difficult time. Mike, Darren, Mark & Lachie x"

All five of The Overtones' studio albums charted within the Official Albums Chart Top 40, the first four of which released by Warner Music hit the Top 10. The group's debut collection Good Ol' Fashioned Love peaked at Number 4 and has sold 470,000 copies. View The Overtones' UK chart history in full.

Tributes from famous friends and supporters have poured in online, including This Morning host Phillip Schofield, Rylan Clark-Neal, Gaby Roslin and X Factor winner Sam Bailey.

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