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Founding Dave Clark Five Member Rick Huxley Dies

January 1963: The Dave Clark Five, from left to right, Lenny Davidson, Mike Smith, Dave Clark, Dennis Payton and Rick Huxley
(Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Rick Huxley, one of the founding members of Dave Clark Five has died unexpectedly.

According to Rolling Stone, Huxley, had been battling emphysema, after years of heavy smoking, but had recently been given a clean bill of health. Clark told Rolling Stone he had spoken with Huxley on Friday and reported he was in good spirits. Clark says he spoke to Rick every week and that his death comes as a shock. Huxley was 72.

Huxley’s death leaves just two surviving members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band that was part of the British Invasion of the early 60s. Saxophone player Dennis Payton died in 2006, and singer and keyboard player Mike Smith died in 2008 just days before the hall of fame induction ceremony.

NEW YORK – MARCH 10: Inductee Dave Clark of The Dave Clark Five poses in the press room during the 2008 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel March 10, 2008 in New York City.Rick Huxley at right. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Clark described Huxley as  a “real gentleman”, adding: “He was very kind and had an amazing sense of humor – he was the funny one in the group, and a very talented musician.”


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