The Queen guitarist continued: “He fought a brave battle against the CoronaVirus but eventually consciously conceded.
“His family are in unimaginable shock and sadness and I feel a piece of my life has been ripped away too.
“My pal wasn’t a musician but he spent his life nurturing music and musicians and making great stuff happen.
“He was decent and considerate – a friend to be proud of. Tonight he rests in peace.”