Tributes to late Belfast punk singer

Published Wednesday, 20 August 2014
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International names in punk music have joined tributes to the lead singer of Northern Ireland band Runnin' Riot who died on Monday.

Tributes to late Belfast punk singer
Colin McQuillan from Runnin' Riot who died on Monday. (© Mercy Kellikidis)

Colin McQuillan passed away in his sleep aged 45, while on tour in England on Monday.

"We would like to thank Lars and The Old Firm Casuals for their unwavering support at this time, and pulling the tour would never have been an option for Colin. So with our blessing the show must go on," the band said in a statement.

"For now our priority is getting Colin home to the arms of Belfast town."

American acts Dropkick Murphys, Rancid and The Transplants have posted tributes on their social media pages.

A statement from Californian group Rancid said they were "deeply saddened" by the death of the singer, who they described as a dear friend.

"Colin from Runnin' Riot was one of the most talented singers and one of the nicest guys you could have ever met," they said.

"He will be greatly missed by everyone in the band. We were honored to share a stage with them in Belfast a few years back."

The frontman of the band, which was formed in 1996, was also Unison's Belfast City Hospital branch secretary and the union has extended its condolences.

© UTV News
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Aaron Abernethy in Belfast wrote (156 days ago):
Simply one of the nicest and most genuine people in local music here. Sad to think we'll no longer hear his powerful gulder from a stage.
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