LONDON (CBSLA) — Ray Thomas, a founding member of the British rock group “The Moody Blues” has died. He was 76.

The flutist’s death comes just months before the band will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Thomas played the signature flute solo on the single “Nights in White Satin,” one of the band’s biggest hits.

His music label says he died suddenly Thursday at his home in London. No cause of death was given when the news released Sunday, but Thomas had announced in 2014 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to Billboard Magazine.

Comments (2)
  1. Matt Pekarek says:

    The Moody Blues were a unique rock band. They featured multiple song writers and multiple lead singers who played dozens of instruments. That allowed them to create a lush sound with soaring harmonies unmatched by other rock groups in that or any other era. Ray Thomas was a key part of their success on every recording and concert tour in the ’60’s, ’70’s, ’80’s, ’90’s, and 2000’s until his retirement in 2002. While the band continues to tour with core members Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge, Thomas’ influence is still evident in every performance.

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