Former UFO guitarist Paul “Tonka” Chapman has died on his 66th birthday.
Chapman, who played in the influential British rock band for two chapters; 1974 – 1975 and 1978 – 1983; died on June 9.
Between his stints with UFO, he also performed in rock band Lone Star.
Chapman’s son honoured him recently on Facebook.
“It is with a heavy heart writing this, today is my dads 66th birthday. He passed away earlier this afternoon,” he wrote.
“He was a brilliant, energetic, loving and most carefree person and the first man I ever loved.
“Everyone he came in contact with loved him. no ADORED him. will keep everyone posted on his celebration of life.
“I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers as his family grieves and processes everything at this time. I love you dad. So much.”
UFO later took to social media to pay their respects.
“We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Paul Tonka Chapman, who died yesterday, on his 66th birthday.
“Paul’s son broke the tragic news on Paul’s Facebook page yesterday evening.