THE bassist for Australian rock band The Screaming Jets Paul Woseen has died aged 56.
The tragic news was confirmed by his bandmates as they shared a tribute to their "brother in rock".
Paul was a founding member when the group formed in Newcastle in 1989.
The band is well-known for its hit Better, which reached the top five ARIA charts back in 1991.
In a touching statement, The Screaming Jets said: "It is with broken hearts that we tell you our beloved brother in rock Paul Woseen has passed away today.
"We are shattered, dealing with the loss of Paully.
"He was a brilliant, shining light in all our lives.
"Our hearts are with Paully’s family, and we ask that you respect our need for privacy at this time."
His cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
The 56-year-old formed The Screaming Jets with frontman Dave Gleeson, Grant Walmsley and Richard Lara, with their debut album, All For One.
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Woseen was still a member of the group as it welcomed new members over the years.
Current band members include Gleeson, Jimi Hocking, Scott Kingman and Cam McGlinchey.
The Screaming Jets only recently released a new single, Nothing to Lose, off its forthcoming album Professional Misconduct, which was due to be released on October 6.
The album comes ahead of a lengthy national tour kicking off in November.
Tributes have been pouring in for the bassist including The Living End's Chris Cheney and Rogue Traders rocker Natalie Bassingthwaighte.
A fan on Twitter said: "Devastated to hear of the death of Paul Woseen.
"He was kind, caring and immensely talented. I was in several school musicals with him and sang with him for 5 years in the Newcastle Cathedral Choir.
"Shine on you crazy Diamond. Vale Paul."
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