Greg Gilbert, rock singer, died at 44
Greg Gilbert, lead singer of British indie rock band Delays, has died from a battle with cancer. He was 44 years old. Gilbert’s wife, Stacey Heale, shared the tragic news with fans on Facebook Thursday. The group recorded several UK hits between 2004 and 2010, including “Hey Girl”, “Long Time Coming”, “Valentine” and “Hideaway”.
“My handsome boy [Gilbert] passed away this afternoon. He was with his brother and cousin and surrounded by stories and laughter from his childhood. He was calm and slowly crept into the stars, “Heale wrote.” I spent the last night alone in bed with him. His energy was way too much for his human body now, I could feel it. I opened the window and told her to go to the universe. ”She then called Gilbert an“ amazing human, ”who was“ not of this world. ”Will never be alone because it’s all around us, ”Heale wrote. “My heart is broken but full of magic.”
Gilbert was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in 2016. In August, he shared on social media that he was being treated “only for pain relief” at Mountbatten Hampshire Hospice. “The pains are mostly under control and the nurses here are nothing short of angels. But now I am in an uncertain future where I don’t know how much time I have left and what the days will be like,” Gilbert wrote at the time. “I still believe in magic, the power of a good gesture and laughter. I want to fill the days to come with all of this and more.”
Gilbert’s brother Aaron Gilbert, who played keyboards for the Delays, thanked the band’s fans for their support. He noted that Gilbert’s work, both as a musician and as an artist, will continue to live on after his death. “Thank you for sharing our fry and making it easier to carry sometimes while you were fighting the fires on your own… and thank you for making Greg such a special person in your life. ” Aaron wrote. “I am so sad that we all existed at the same time.”
Delays premiered in 2001 under the name Corky but released their first EP in 2001 under the name Idoru. After signing with Rough Trade Records they changed their name to Delays and released their debut album Faded seaside glamor in 2004. They released three more albums – You see the colors (2006), Everything is the rush (2008), and Star Tiger Star Ariel (2010) – before group members started to focus on other interests.
Gilbert, whose characteristic falsetto voice made Delays’ music stand out on the UK independent scene, focused on his works. After being diagnosed with cancer, he shared his treatment through art and poetry on social media. In 2019 his work was exhibited at the Southampton City Art Gallery, notes The Guardian. Gilbert is survived by his wife and their two children, Dali and Bay.