Brian May 'devastated' as he announces tragic death of loved one: 'One of the saddest days of my life'

Brian May 'devastated' as he announces tragic death of loved one: 'One of the saddest days of my life'

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Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 13/10/2023

- 10:24

The Queen star took to Instagram to pay tribute

Sir Brian May has paid tribute to his family's "dearest friend" and driver, Phil Webb.

The close pal of May's had worked closely with the 76-year-old for more than three decades and his death has left May self-admittedly "devastated".

May took to Instagram to announce the news and pay tribute to his close pal as he shared a series of images of Webb alongside him.

"This is one of the saddest days of my life," May began. "Last night we lost Phil Webb to a heart attack.

"Phil, my dedicated driver for over 30 years was my family’s dearest friend and protector and the kindest and most decent man I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

"We are all devastated and join with Phil’s wife and son in grieving for the last man on Earth to deserve this much too early passing away," May added.

Brian May with QueenBrian May is best known for performing as part of Queen PA

He continued: "Bless you dear Phil - we all love you.

"We’re proud of the life you led, and forever grateful for everything you gave us - more than any words could ever describe," May concluded before signing off: "Bri."

May was soon supported by thousands of fans and famous faces who sent their support following the tragic news of Webb's death.

Amanda Holden was one star who took to the comments as she penned: "Bless Phil… so sad to hear this. Sending love," followed by a love heart emoji.

Elsewhere, The Darkness drummer Rufus Taylor added: "What??!! Just spoke to him a couple of days ago! This is awful news."

Musician Neil Fairclough echoed: "So sad…what an absolute gem of a man…always on top form…and hilarious to boot…he welcomed me so warmly all those years ago.

"R.I.P. Phil…condolences to his family too."

And former X Factor star Talia Dean weighed in: "Utterly Devastated. We loved you Phil. I can’t believe it. So sorry for your loss. Sending love to his family."

Soon after learning of Webb's death, May managed to perform on-stage in New York and he shared another post thanking concert-goers for their support during the difficult time.

Alongside a snap of himself at Madison Square Gardens, May penned: "Somehow this picture says it all …. Thanks New York City folk.

"Thanks Madison Square Garden. Thanks @sarah_rugg for this pic. And …. the rest is beyond my understanding at this point in the evening.

"Goodnight all - and thanks for all the kind messages - we are a wounded family tonight. But the only way is onwards … with love - Bri." (sic)

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