Australian rock legend Paul Woseen from The Screaming Jets has died aged 56.
News of the bass guitarist’s passing was confirmed on Friday night in a social media post made by the band.
“It is with broken hearts that we tell you our beloved brother in rock Paul Woseen has passed away today,” it reads.
“We are shattered, dealing with the loss of Paully. He was a brilliant shining light in all of our lives.
“Our hearts are with Paully’s family, and we ask that you respect our need for privacy at this time.”
Woseen was a founding member of The Screaming Jets, helping establish the band in Newcastle in 1989 with vocalist Dave Gleeson, guitarists Grant Walmsley and Richard Lara, and drummer Brad Heaney.
The rock collective peaked in the charts through the 90s, with three top five Australian ARIA albums – All for One, Tear of Thought, and The Screaming Jets – and the hit single from the debut album called Better.
Over the course of an illustrious four-decade career, the 56-year-old penned over thirty songs across seven albums for the band.
Tributes have flown in for the rock and roll legend, with fellow musicians and fans pouring tributes online.
“Dreadful news. I played probably 1000 gigs with Paul Woseen in our youth. Wild times,” guitarist Nick Raschke wrote on Twitter.
“Learned our trade. Got up to ridiculous fun. Sadly he died today. Rest in peach compadre.”
“Paul Woseen was one of the nicest and most talented guys you could ever meet, with a voice that would put most lead singers to shame. Terrible news to hear of his passing today,” said another.
The Screaming Jets were scheduled for a four-month world tour in November, following the release of their upcoming album Professional Misconduct on October 6 however, it is unclear whether the tour will still go ahead.
Woseen’s cause of death remains unknown.