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‘A young man who had a dream’

Wednesday, 11th April, 2018 5:09pm

Tributes have been paid to Overtones singer Timmy Matley, who has passed away aged 36.

A native of Farranree, Matley’s passing was confirmed by the band on social media on Wednesday. Pop/doo-wop group The Overtones had achieved four number top ten albums in the UK since forming in 2010, and were signed by the American Warner Bros Records label.

Matley had recently battled stage three malignant melanoma - a form of skin cancer.

Reacting to the news, Sinn Féin Cllr Kenneth Collins said: “A man from the northside of the city, Timmy made a name for himself for what he loved: singing.

“He was a gentleman, who always respected others. My thoughts and prayers are with his mother and sister, and the rest of his family.

“He was a young man who had a dream and fulfilled his dream in life. Words can’t describe what his family must be going through.”

Farranree Youth Club, of which Matley was formerly a member, posted online that “heaven has gained the most beautiful singing angel” with the singer’s passing, the cause of which, has not been confirmed.

Matley had a number of charity events organised including a Cork concert for Down Syndrome Ireland in June, while The Overtones had an upcoming summer tour planned in the UK.

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