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The Specials' Drummer John "Brad" Bradbury Dies At 62

30 December 2015 | 11:40 am | Staff Writer

"Our much loved husband and father John 'Brad' Bradbury passed away on Monday the 28 of December."

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'70s English ska revival outfit The Specials, and later The Special AKA, has lost their backbeat today, having announced that their drummer John "Brad" Bradbury has passed away at age 62.

The band posted via Twitter that Bradbury died in England, though no cause of death was given.

As BBC reports, his family also made a statement.

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"It is with deepest regret that we have to announce the very sad news that our much loved husband and father John 'Brad' Bradbury passed away on Monday the 28 of December.

"Brad's drumming was the powerhouse behind The Specials and it was seen as a key part to the Two Tone sound. He was much respected in the world of drumming and his style of reggae and ska was seen as genuinely ground-breaking when The Specials first hit the charts in 1979.

"He was an integral part of The Specials reforming in 2008 and toured with them extensively up to the present day. His contribution to the world of music can not be understated and he will much missed by family, friends and fans alike.

"It is the family's sincerest wish that they are allowed the time to remember him privately."

Joining the band in 1979, the band enjoyed huge hits with Bradbury like Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town, and later, songs like Free Nelson Mandela with The Special AKA.