The Pop Group guitarist John Waddington has died aged 63, the band have announced.

Taking to their official Twitter account, the band revealed that Waddington died on Tuesday (June 20), with no cause of death yet revealed.

They wrote: “John Waddington – former guitarist and founding member of The Pop Group – has passed away. An influential musician, and an integral member of the group, John contributed to some of the band’s most iconic recordings.

“John played on ‘Y’ and ‘For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?’, the first two albums by The Pop Group, and later joined Maximum Joy for their debut album ‘Station MXJY’.”

The statement added: “John continued to make memorable appearances on records by Judy Nylon and by On-U Sound affiliated projects including New Age Steppers and African Head Charge.

“His energy and friendship will be sorely missed, and his unforgettable musicianship will always be remembered.”