Friday, July 1, 2011

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Sixth "Stone" dies at 47

Fifer Ian Stewart, the keyboards player who helped found the Rolling Stones in the early sixties, has died of a heart attack, his agent said yesterday. Mick Jagger and most other members of the band were said to be too upset to comment about the death of the man they themselves called "the sixth Rolling Stone". However bass player Bill Wyman said, "Without him there would have been no Rolling Stones. He will be absolutely irreplaceable as a person and a member of the group".

Mr Stewart (47), who hailed from Pittenweem, died on Thursday in a Harley Street clinic. His agent, Keith Altham, said he had gone to the clinic earlier in the day because he felt unwell. Mr Stewart regularly played on the Stones' records, but was "phased out" of the line-up for concerts in the sixties because it was felt his craggy features did not fit the band's image.

He later had a period as road manager. Apart from his involvement with the Stones, he had his own blues band, "Rocket 88". He was divorced and leaves a 15-year-old son.

Source: East Fife Mail, December 1985

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