Hundreds pay tribute to music man with ‘enormous character and massive personality’

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The leader of an East Lancashire band has died aged 27.

Jack Anwyl has fronted the duo, Bad Cardigan, and more recently, Fighting Rhythm, which supported The Levellers on tour last year.

Jack passed away on Wednesday and his passing was announced Thursday on social media.

Following the sad news, hundreds of people paid tribute to “the huge character with a massive personality”.

His band, Fighting Rhythm, released a statement on their Facebook page on Thursday evening, which read: “It is with incredible sadness that we must share the desperately sad news that our great friend, brother, prankster, confidant, extremely talented leader and all around beautiful human being, Jack Anwyl, whom we all loved dearly, passed away yesterday.

“We spoke with his close family and they encouraged anyone who met the icon to share memories, photos and videos of him.

“Those who knew him know he loved to laugh (and share videos of himself performing with The Levellers).

“It goes without saying that a huge void has been left in all of our lives.

“I love Russ, Sean, Dale and all his close friends x.”

Friend Sol Wallbank wrote: “Heartbreaking news about our friend Jack Anwyl today.

“I had some great nights out and vacations with this boy. I’ve known you since we were kids.

“We will miss you so much, I hope you knew how much you were loved.

“My heart breaks for your family. Rest easy.”

Pete Eastwood said: “I am deeply saddened to hear the devastating news that Jack Anwyl has sadly passed away. Jack was a huge character with a massive personality.

“I always really liked Jack and found him talented, friendly and respectful of myself, and he always proudly reminded me that Bad Cardigan was the very first band to perform at Night At The Museum Live at Blackburn Museum.

“I am disgusted and know for sure that he will be sorely missed by so many people, who I know loved him.

“My thoughts and love are with Jack’s family and all of his many friends.”

His cousin, Ava Smith wrote: “I don’t even want to process this my little cousin, you made my life and the lives of everyone who knew you laugh so much, I love you my little limoncello head.”

A Burnley Empire Theater spokesperson said: “We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Jack Anwyl of Fighting Rhythm, who kindly performed as part of Bad Cardigan at our first ever fundraising event in June. 2016.

“At the time, our hopes and dreams of saving the Burnley empire had just begun.

“Jack’s band performed for free and donated money from the night’s merchandise sales and for that we will always be grateful for his services in saving and reopening the Burnley Empire.”

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