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Steve Strange: Carrickfergus-born music agent 'was titan of the global music industry'

Carrickfergus-born music agent Steve Strange has died at the age of 53

COLDPLAY, My Bloody Valentine and Snow Patrol are among those who have paid tribute to "giant of the music industry", Carrickfergus-born agent Steve Strange.

Mr Strange died on Friday at the age of 53, following a short illness.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Mr Strange’s label X-ray Touring said its staff were "deeply saddened" to announce his passing.

"We have lost a legendary figure in our personal and professional lives that we will all deeply miss," the post read.

Mr Strange worked with artists as diverse as The Charlatans, Eminem, Snow Patrol, Coldplay, and Queens Of The Stone Age.

He began his career in Belfast music venue The Limelight in the late 1980s and later became an agent in London.

A post on The Limelight's Facebook page read: "Steve was a titan of the global music industry, an unsung hero, and a fantastic and loyal friend to this venue and to Northern Ireland’s music community for more than 40 years."

It added: "We would extend our sympathies to his friends, family and the many bands and colleagues who will sorely miss him. A huge, unforgettable character. RIP Steve."

A tribute to Mr Strange was shown at Saturday night's Belsonic concert, headlined by American DJ MK.

Coldplay said the band was "devastated" by Mr Strange's death.

The band tweeted that it spent "a bittersweet hour" with Mr Strange last week.

"Despite his illness he was still taking calls and watching ticket counts," Coldplay wrote.

Snow Patrol said that their agent "believed in us before almost anyone else in the music industry did".

Downpatrick band Ash tweeted: "Our hearts are broken. Goodnight Mr Steve Strange. Agent extraordinaire. The heart of a lion. Straight outta Carrick, he changed this business forever. Our force. Our constant source. Our Shining Light. Miss you like crazy Strangey."

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