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Wings and Moody Blues co-founder Denny Laine dies aged 79

Denny Laine has died (Star Shooter/MediaPunch/Alamy)
Denny Laine has died (Star Shooter/MediaPunch/Alamy)

British musician Denny Laine has died aged 79, his wife has announced.

The co-founder of both Wings, which also featured Sir Paul McCartney, and The Moody Blues “passed away peacefully” following a battle with lung disease.

In an Instagram statement, Elizabeth Hines wrote that it was an “absolute honour and privilege to not only be his wife, but to care for him during his illness and vulnerability”.

Beginning her post to his page on Tuesday, she wrote: “My darling husband passed away peacefully early this morning.

Music – Paul McCartney – Wings – ‘Band on the Run’ photo shoot
From left, BBC personality Michael Parkinson, singer Kenny Lynch, actor James Coburn (behind), Paul McCartney (below), MP Clement Freud, Linda McCartney, actor Christopher Lee, singer-songwriter Denny Laine (below) and boxer John Conteh. (Clive Arrowsmith/PA)

“I was at his bedside, holding his hand as I played his favourite Christmas songs for him. He’s been singing Christmas songs the past few weeks and I continued to play Christmas songs while he’s been in ICU on a ventilator this past week.

“He and I both believed he would overcome his health setbacks and return to the rehabilitation centre and eventually home.

“Unfortunately, his lung disease, Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), is unpredictable and aggressive; each infection weakened and damaged his lungs. He fought everyday. He was so strong and brave, never complained.

“All he wanted was to be home with me and his pet kitty, Charley, playing his gypsy guitar.”

Ms Hines also wrote that the support from the public “brought him to tears”.

Her statement ended: “My world will never be the same. Denny was an amazingly wonderful person, so loving and sweet to me. He made my days colourful, fun and full of life-just like him.

“Thank you sweetie for loving me, for all the laughter, friendship, fun and for asking me to be your wife. I will love you forever.

“Please give Denny’s friends and family the time and privacy needed as we grieve our loss.”

Born Brian Hines in Tyseley, Birmingham, in October 1944, he had been a member of Birmingham-formed The Moody Blues during the 1960s.

He then joined Sir Paul and Linda McCartney in the Wings line-up in 1971 before departing the band in the 1980s.

Laine was also part of the World Classic Rockers, a touring act that at various times included Donovan, Spencer Davis and founding member of The Eagles Randy Meisner.

He also appeared in the famous Band On The Run picture along with Sir Paul, Linda and Sir Michael Parkinson.