Denny Laine, lead singer of the English rock band Moody Blues and guitarist with Wings, has died, aged 79.
The co-founder of both Wings, who was also involved Sir Paul McCartney, and The Moody Blues “died peacefully” after a battle with lung disease.
In an Instagram statement, Elizabeth Hines wrote that it was an “absolute honor and privilege not only to be his wife, but to care for him during his illness and vulnerability”.
She wrote: “My beloved husband passed away peacefully early this morning.
“I was at his bedside holding his hand as I played him his favorite carols. He has been singing carols for the past few weeks and I continued to play carols while he has been in the ICU on a ventilator for the past week.
“He and I both believed he would overcome his health setbacks and return to the rehabilitation center and eventually home.
“Unfortunately, his lung disease, interstitial lung disease (ILD), is unpredictable and aggressive; each infection weakened and damaged his lungs. He fought every day. He was so strong and brave, never complained.
“All he wanted was to be at home with me and his cat, Charley, and play his gypsy guitar.”
Taking to Instagram to pay tribute to Laine, Sir Paul said he was “very saddened” by the passing of his ex-bandmates.
He said: “I have many fond memories of my time with Denny: from the early days when The Beatles toured with the Moody Blues.
“Our two bands had a lot of respect for each other and a lot of fun together. Denny joined Wings from the start. He was an excellent vocalist and guitarist.
“His most famous performance is probably ‘Go Now’, an old Bessie Banks song which he would sing brilliantly. He and I wrote a few songs together, the most successful being ‘Mull of Kintyre’ which was a big hit in the seventies .
“We were drifting apart but in recent years managed to re-establish our friendship and share memories of our time together.
“Denny was a great talent with a great sense of humor and was always ready to help other people. He will be missed by all his fans and remembered with great love by his friends. I send my condolences and best wishes to his wife, Elizabeth and family.
“Peace and love Denny. It was a pleasure knowing you. We will all miss you.”
Ms Hines also wrote that the support from the public “brought him to tears” and said her “world will never be the same”.
She added: “Denny was an amazing wonderful person, so loving and sweet to me.
“He made my days colorful, fun and full of life – just like him. Thank you sweetie for loving me, for all the laughter, friendship, fun and for asking me to be your wife. I will love you forever.
“Please give Denny’s friends and family the time and privacy needed while we grieve our loss.”
Born Brian Hines in Tyseley, Birmingham, in October 1944, Laine had been a member of Birmingham-formed The Moody Blues during the 1960s.
He left the band shortly after releasing The Magnificent Moodies in 1965 due to a conflict with their record company.
He then joined Sir Paul and Linda McCartney in the Wings line-up in 1971 before leaving the band in the 1980s.
Laine was also part of the World Classic Rockers, a tournament in which Donovan, Spencer Davis and founding member of The Eagles Randy Meisner played at various times.