Bury St Edmunds/London: Bandmates pay tribute to “gifted” musician Chris Langeland

BAND members have paid tribute to a guitarist from Bury St Edmunds who was found dead at his home in London.

Chris Langeland, 22, played with several Bury St Edmunds-based bands including Thee Vicars and Generation of Swine.

Jim Crick, of Generation of Swine, said his former bandmate was the “most self-effacing bloke you could ever meet”.

He said: “He was relatively quiet and slow to make friends but when he did, boy you were glad.

“He had a damn good sense of humour, on the Monty Python side of things.”

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Mr Crick said Mr Langeland had been in about 10 local bands, his main one being Thee Vicars with whom he had toured Europe and the USA.

“He really was the most gifted musician I have ever met,” he said.

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“He could get to grips with a new instrument in around two days.”

Mr Crick said the band members would miss things like dropping him off at home in the small hours and that “wicked little grin” when he found something funny.

“A hundred little bits that crop up everyday and catch you out...we all still randomly cry.”

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said on July 26 officers attended an address in Poole Road, Hackney, where they discovered the body of a 22-year-old man.

At this early stage, the death is not believed to be suspicious and an inquest will be held in due course.

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