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Whitesnake rocker Mel Galley dies

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World famous Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley has died of cancer. Send us your tributes.

World famous Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley has died of cancer.

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The 60-year-old musician from Cannock broke the news of his illness in February and pledged to spend the last months of his life saying goodbye to friends.

His illness came a month before the star was due to take to the stage again with a new band. He died at home in Heath Hayes last night after succumbing to cancer of the oesophagus.

Earlier this year, he said: "It happens, but I've had a fantastic life. I have been very lucky. I have seen some great bands, and played with many great musicians. I am thankful that I can say a proper goodbye to all the friends I have made, who are now rallying round me."

Radio Two presenter Chris Evans was among those at Galley's 60th birthday celebration in March.

Figures in the music industry today paid tribute to the musician, who made his name with Whitesnake, Trapeze and Finders Keepers.

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