Robert 'Throb' Young dead: Primal Scream guitarist and founding member dies suddenly

The tragic news has been confirmed by the band’s publicist, although there is yet to be an official statement

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Robert 'Throb' Young, the founding member and former guitarist of Primal Scream, has died.

The tragic news has been confirmed by the band’s publicist.

Update: Primal Scream Pay Moving Tribute To Young In This Statement

Young met frontman Bobby Gillespie at secondary school in Glasgow. They formed the pioneering alternative band in 1984, and went on to achieve critical acclaim with classic album Screamadelica in 1991 – the winner of the first ever Mercury Prize.

He left the band in 2006 to come to terms with, as Gillespie described at the time, “problems in his personal life”.


Tributes to the guitarist have already emerged on Twitter.

Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher wrote: “RIP Robert Young AKA 'Throb'. Live Forever LG x”

Author Irvine Welsh honoured Young with the following post: “RIP Robert Young. One of the best, the most beautiful, who WAS rock n roll. Big love bro, give them it big time over the other side. #Throb”

Meanwhile, Charlatans singer Tim Burgess tweeted: “So sad to hear of the death of Rob 'Throb' Young… A real good un.”