Les McKeown dead: How did Les McKeown die? Cause of death explained

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Les McKeown suddenly died on Tuesday morning aged 65 and his death was announced by his former manager John MacLaughlan, who had received the sad news from the singer’s wife Peko. John admitted being “shocked” by the news of the Bay City Rollers star’s death as he divulged his widow had been left “heartbroken” over her loss.

How did Les McKeown die?

It is as of yet unknown how Les died, as news continues to emerge about his untimely passing.

In the depths of his addiction, the singer appeared on Living TV’s show Rehab, from 2008-2009.

It challenged stars to overcome a range of addictions, from drugs and alcohol, right through to plastic surgery. 

“It’s worth fighting, getting help, talking to people, getting support so people can help you through difficult times,” Les told Starts At 60.

“I think it was my alcoholism that forced me into a situation. Which was probably a bit risky.”

Revealing an inside glimpse at his time on the show, and months in rehab, he said: “I was in a bit of a state while I was there, I was on medication and had a guard on the door to stop me going down to the off-licence to buy a few bottles! 

“To be honest I didn’t take it too seriously to start with, I just kept thinking ‘God, I need a f***ing drink! What is all this f***ing meditation s*** about?’

“But I don’t know, I woke up one day and started to get into it. In some ways you could think you’re being brainwashed, and maybe I wasn’t, but I was being cleaned up. 

“I was getting rid of baggage that had been holding me back for years.”

Former manager John, who dealt with his comeback shows in 2015, shared a statement about Les’ death.

He told the Daily Record: “I’m very sad and shocked and so is Peko, his wife. She is heartbroken and called me from Les’ phone with the news.

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“I picked up and thought it was Les wanting a chat.

“I’m still in shock right now, I spoke to him last week and he was on great form and happy about life and happy to book his tour.

“We were friends as well as working partners.

“He was hoping to get it all going again and he was one of the hardest working men in the music industry.

“We got on so great and he was great fun to be around. He had his moments but was always a good laugh to be around and a great performer.”

He added: “He was a great singer. The Bay City Rollers were the biggest band in the world in the mid-seventies and beyond.”

The Band was made up of Les, Eric Faulkner, Alan Longmuir, Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood and Derek Longmuir.

However a falling out led to the original Scottish group members breaking up and going their separate ways in 1987.

Over the years the group underwent many changes, the current lineup since 2018 includes original guitarist Stuart “Woody” Wood, singer Ian Thomson, bassist Marcus Cordock, and drummer Jamie McGrory.

A representative of Les’ has been contacted for comment by Express.co.uk.

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