Beach Boys member dies

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Beach Boys member Jeffrey Foskett has died at age 67.

Best known as a touring and studio musician for Brian Wilson and his iconic group since the 1980s, he was known as the “deputy director” of the 1960s band for keeping them on the road.

Devastated Beach Boys co-founder Brian, 81, confirmed Jeffrey's death, which came after a battle with anaplastic thyroid cancer, saying on Instagram: “I'm heartbroken that my dear friend Jeff Foskett has passed away.

“Jeff was always there for me when we were on tour and we couldn't have done it without him. Jeff was one of the most talented guys I've ever met.

“He was a great musical leader and guitarist and sang like an angel. I met Jeff in 1976 when he knocked on my door in Bel Air and I invited him in, and we were friends ever since.

“I don’t know what else to say. Love and mercy to Jeff’s family and friends, we will remember him forever.”

In March 2023, Jeffrey posted a video of himself on the web ringing the bell of a cancer ward after a round of radiation tests, and called himself one of “God’s walking miracles.”

The musician added that after four years of fighting cancer, the treatment left him “thriving”.

Born in San Jose, California, Jeffrey began playing in bands as a teenager. He tracked down the Beach Boys because he loved the group so much and became friends with Brian before joining the band on the road for decades of touring.

Alongside his video ringing the doorbell, filmed at a cancer hospital in Houston, Jeffrey wrote: “I rang the doorbell on Friday, March 3rd, after completing my second round of radiation. Some over the last four years have tried (I guess that's why it's called a Clinical Trial).

“It tests your body, mind and spirit, but it left me THRIVING and most importantly, able to meet my grandson Domenic.

“I don't usually post on Social, but I found this milestone significant. Thank you all for your prayers. They work! I am living proof.

“I am one of God's Walking Miracles. God bless you all and God bless MD Anderson.”

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