Unfortunately, Ranking Roger of The English Beat passed away a few hours ago. The Beat issued a short statement: "“He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter.” Sadly Roger past away a few hours ago peacefully at his home surrounded by family. Roger’s family would like to thank everyone for their constant support during this tough time. More to follow in the coming days. RIP ROGER! "
Roger had been battling cancer for some time. Roger began performing and recording around 1978, was a seminal figure in two-tone ska, and performed through recent years, both with the Beat and as a solo performer. We send condolences to Roger's friends, family, and fans.