Aussie rock legend and founding Choirboys member Lindsay Tebbutt has passed away at the age of 64, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
The iconic band took to social media this week to confirm the very sad news, revealing they lost their beloved drummer to the disease on Friday morning.
“Lindsay was loved by all who knew him. He was funny, intelligent, and very talented not just as a drummer but as a singer and song writer,” Choirboys’ statement reads.
“He will be immortalized on our recordings and on the many videos out there. Lindsay contracted Mesothelioma, which unfortunately had no cure, he battled for months but had to surrender.
“He is free now, flying high and laughing with that voice that we were so used to hearing backstage.
“Goodbye you wonderful, beautiful man we will love you forever.”
Frontman Mark Gable, who hooked up with Lindsay to form the band all the way back in 1977, also made a statement on his own socials.
“I am not one who normally empties my heart on social media but here I go,” he wrote, continuing:
“Lindsay Tebbutt R.I.P
His first words to me as I opened the door to his knock at 132 Lagoon Street, Narrabeen were “well, I’m here” the year was 1977. His then girlfriend Jane who went to Uni with my then girlfriend Helen, had organised that Lindsay Tebbutt and I get together to see if we could make music together they were right, we did do just that and a lot more with Brad Carr, Ian Hulme and Brett Williams in those 44 years till now.
His last words to me where ‘I will hold you close to my heart as I walk toward the light’ well there was a little more joking around before we finally hung up our phones as was Lindsay’s way.
A huge part of us dies as well when someone we love flies on, and it is true. I love you Lindsay Tebbutt, fly high and keep laughing forever. Sending love to all that knew you and come from you.”
RIP legend. Run to paradise.