Paul Chapman, former guitarist of UFO and Waysted, has passed away, at the age of 66. No cause of death has been made public.

His passing was confirmed by his son, who wrote on Paul's Facebook page: "It is with a heavy heart writing this, today is my dads 66th birthday. He passed away earlier this afternoon. He was a brilliant, energetic, loving and most carefree person and the First man I ever loved. Everyone he came in contact with loved him. no ADORED him. will keep everyone posted on his celebration of life. I appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers as his family grieves and processes everything at this time. I love you Dad. So much".

Chapman joined UFO in 1974 and toured with them in support of their third studio album "Phenomenon". However, his first tenure with the band didn’t last, and Chapman departed the following year. He went on to rejoin UFO in 1978 and played on the studio albums "No Place To Run", "The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent", "Mechanix" and "Making Contact". Following UFO’s split in 1983, Chapman hooked up with the band’s former bassist Pete Way in Waysted, playing on 1985’s "The Good the Bad the Waysted" and "Save Your Prayers" the following year.

Rest in peace, Paul.