Saturday 23 June 2018

The Overtones singer Tim Matley has died aged 36

Timmy Matley of The Overtones
Timmy Matley of The Overtones
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Overtones singer Tim Matley has passed away in the UK at the age of 36.

Originally from Cork, Mr Matley had huge success with the vocal harmony group The Overtones.  The group had four top 10 albums in the UK.

He started performing at the age of 14 and revealed that he was bullied over his love of dance and music at school.

He moved to London at 17 and in his twenties he auditioned for The X Factor, managing to make it to the stage before judges' houses.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Mark Frank, Lachlan Chapman, Mike Crawshaw, Darren Everest and Timmy Matley of the Overtones attend the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef awards at London Hilton on June 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Mark Frank, Lachlan Chapman, Mike Crawshaw, Darren Everest and Timmy Matley of the Overtones attend the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef awards at London Hilton on June 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Mr Matley joined The Overtones in 2010 and he continued to perform for a time following a diagnosis of stage three melanoma, a form of skin cancer, in 2016.

The circumstances surrounding his death have not been confirmed.

Jane Mc Donald and The Overtones
Jane Mc Donald and The Overtones

His fellow group members took to Facebook to pay tribute to him.

"It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce that our dear friend and brother Timmy has passed away," they wrote on The Overtones official Facebook page.

"We know this news will be as heartbreaking for you all as it is for us. We appreciate your love and support at this difficult time.

"Mike, Darren, Mark & Lachie x x"

Other tributes have been pouring in from friends and fans including Philip Schofield who wrote, "I’m so terribly sorry to hear this and sending lots of love to you all and particularly Timmy’s family and his many friends."

Tim was set to join his fellow Overtones on tour this summer.

He was also planning to do a skydive on May 3 to raise funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity at the hospital where he received his treatment.

He had raised almost €6000 via a JustGiving page.

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