John Wet­ton of rock group Asia has died aged 67

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM/GAMES -

Singer and bassist John Wet­ton of the rock group Asia has died. He was 67.

A state­ment from his pub­li­cist, Glass Onyon PR, says Wet­ton died Tues­day from colon can­cer. Wet­ton was a found­ing mem­ber of Asia. He rose to fame as part of English rock band King Crim­son in the 1970s.

He had planned to tour with Asia but an­nounced in Jan­uary that he would be un­able to join his band­mates due to chemo­ther­apy treat­ment. He said at the time he hoped to re­sume tour­ing later in the year.

Asia band­mate Carl Palmer said the world had lost “an­other mu­si­cal gi­ant.’’

Wet­ton was a re­cov­ered al­co­holic who had worked in the past 11 years to help oth­ers quit drink­ing.

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