It was announced earlier on today that Jamiroquai keyboard player and founding member Toby Smith has died aged 46 - following a private battle with cancer.
'Yesterday, I found out the news I was hoping, and truly believed, would never happen, that my dear friend Toby, had passed away.
'My heart hangs so heavy with grief and pain, that I have found it difficult to write anything about this up to now.
'The recent success of the new album has paled into complete and utter insignificance to me on hearing this terrible news.
Speaking of his bravery amid recent health issues, he continued: 'Toby had fought this voracious illness with his own indefatigable and stubborn brand of spirit and courage for a very long time, and until fairly recently, had shown all the signs of beating it, only for it to take him away so cruelly from his wife, his children, his relations and his many friends.'
Signing off the moving tribute, Jay Kay wrote: Without him, there would be no JAMIROQUAI, and as I write this, the moon is clear and bright in the sky, and I think of him how it should be, riding his mighty horse across it, leaving a trail of stars behind him.
'I will miss you so much Tobesman. I will always be so proud of you. Ride the wind buddy, nothing can stop you now. Your mate, Jx.'
An insider revealed to TMZ that Toby had died beside his wife and children, and that it had come as a 'surprise and complete shock.'