Rab Noakes dead: Stealers Wheel founder and songwriter dies 'suddenly in hospital' aged 75 | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Tributes have flooded in online as Stuck In The Middle With You hitmaker, Rab Noakes died at the age 75. The Scottish singer, founder of the band Stealers Wheel, was said to have died suddenly in the hospital, according to reports.

Musician Barbara Dickson announced his death on Friday.

She said earlier today: “My dear and old friend Rab Noakes has died suddenly in hospital today.

“I am shocked. We had so much in common – The Everly Brothers, the Flying Burrito Brothers and an enduring love of songs, particularly traditional music.

“Sleep well, Rab. May you rest in peace.”

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“Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and with all his fans across the nation.”

Author and long-time pal Val McDermid said she was left “in tears” at the news of Noakes’ death.

“Known and loved this generous, talented, open-hearted man since I was 14, never known a kinder soul. Or a better guitarist,” she said.

“We messaged each other only a couple of days ago and he was his usual upbeat self.

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