Tributes paid to Delays frontman Greg Gilbert who has passed away aged 44

Video report by ITV News Meridian's Rachel Hepworth

Delays frontman Greg Gilbert has passed away at the age of 44, following his battle with cancer.

The indie musician and songwriter from Southampton was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016.

A huge crowd-funding campaign meant that lifesaving treatment gave him vital time with his young family.

In August it was announced that his treatment had stopped and he was receiving care at a hospice.

His brother Aaron confirmed the sad news in a post on social media.

Aaron said: "He was my brother and my best friend, and we did everything together, and it was the greatest honour to be with him as he took one last gentle breath before leaving us.

"Greg died surrounded in the endless love that us and all of you have given him on this journey, and we will never be able to fully express how much it meant to him (and all of us) to have you by our side lifting us up like a winged army."

Greg with bandmates Aaron Gilbert, Colin Fox, and Rowly Credit: Suzan Moore/EMPICS Entertainment

His wife Stacey Heale said her husband had 'gently slipped away into the stars.'

In a social media post she said: "His energy was far too big for his human body now, I could feel this. I opened the window and told him to go and be in the universe.

"Greg was an extraordinary human - not of this world, I’m sure of that.

"His wonder at the world and creativity is something I’ve never seen in anyone else. He told me to always believe in magic, that I will never be alone because it is all around us. My heart is broken but full of magic."

 Those who knew and worked with him have also been paying tribute.

Pat Muldowney, a friend and the co-owner of The Joiners music venue said: "When somebody dies everyone says how nice they are, but with Greg it was true.

"I never heard a bad word, I've been at the Joiners nearly 25 years, and I've never heard a bad word said about him.

"Everybody loved him."

Delays formed in Southampton in 2001, releasing four albums of which the first three made the Top 30 in the UK Albums Chart.

Greg's army of fans are grateful for his lasting legacy; a renaissance man with a unique ability to touch those who met him, and loved his music.