THE legendary lead singer of Scottish band Runrig, Bruce Guthro, has died at the age of 62.
Former bandmate and MP Pete Wishart revealed the sad news on social media this afternoon.
The singer-songwriter announced two months ago that he was battling an illness.
He joined Runrig in 1998 and managed the Celtic rock band for twenty years until the band retired in 2018.
The group is best known for singing the Scottish anthem “Loch Lomond”.
The tributes to the “Canadian singer, musician and songwriter extraordinaire came far too soon.”
Pete Wishart, Member Elect for Perth and North Perthshire, presided over the initiations.
He said, “So sad to hear of the untimely passing of my friend and former bandmate Bruce Guthro.”
“He was just the nicest person you could ever meet and a pleasure to perform with.”
“An extraordinary singer, musician and songwriter who was taken far too soon. We will miss him. RIP.”
Duncan Chisholm – who played the violin in ‘Runrig’ – described his former bandmate as a ‘perfect gentleman’
He said: “Today it is so sad to hear that my friend of over 25 years, Bruce Guthro, has passed away.”
“He was an absolute gentleman, an incredibly gifted singer and a true friend. Sending love and condolences to Kim and family and to everyone in the Runrig family. Stay healthy buddy x”
Scottish Celtic rockers Runrig ended their 45-year career in 2018.
The band, formed in 1973, celebrated this summer with a final farewell concert in Scotland.
The event, titled ‘The Last Dance’, took place on 18th August 2018 at Stirling City Park with the backdrop of Stirling Castle.
The celebration was one of the biggest events the band has ever thrown and was a thank you to those who had followed Runrig over the decades.