Inspiral Carpets mourn after drummer Craig Gill dies aged 44

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Madchester band Inspiral Carpets have paid tribute to their drummer Craig Gill, who has died at the age of 44.

The group tweeted this emotional statement:

Craig was a founding member of the band alongside guitarist Graham Lambert, who posted this picture of his bandmate on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but will never be forgotten. Love you Craig Gill. Rest peacefully."

The band are known for their alt-rock hits This Is How It Feels and Dragging Me Down.

Craig played with the band throughout their heyday in the 1990s and returned when the band reformed 20 years later to tour and record their self-titled album in 2014.

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He was also a music historian and ran Manchester Music Tours, taking people on bus and walking tours around Manchester's famous music locations.

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, whose brother Noel was a roadie for Inspiral Carpets, tweeted:

Craig is survived by his wife Rose and their three children.