The Lapelles Frontman Dies After Tragic Accident on His 22nd Birthday

The Lapelles’ frontman Gary Watson has died following a “tragic accident” just before his 22nd birthday, his bandmates have confirmed.

According to the Scottish Sun, the East Kilbride singer reportedly fell into the River Clyde on Saturday (August 13). After being pulled from the water on the evening, he eventually lost his fight for life the following day, passing away on his 22nd birthday.

The Lapelles took to Facebook to inform their fans of the tragedy, posting the following band statement:

“It’s with shock, heavy hearts and sadness that we have to let you know the news that Gary sadly passed away this morning as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic accident last night.

Today was his 22nd birthday. We are lost for words and struggling to process such a tragedy. Gary was a creative force, a man who without his vision this band wouldn’t exist. We have lost a friend, a brother, a hero. At the moment it doesn’t seem real. We send our deepest condolences to Gary’s family and would appreciate your respect in allowing them & us some peace whilst we grieve.

Forever in our hearts, with peace you go. X”

The Lapelles were just beginning to make a name for themselves in the UK, having recently opened for the likes of The Last Shadow Puppets and The View. 

Fellow Scottish band Franz Ferdinand paid tribute to Watson on Twitter, writing: We’re so sad to hear of the tragic passing of The Lapelles’ Gary Watson, a lovely, talented man. Thoughts are with his family, friends & band”.