Huxley had been battling emphysema but reported a clean bill of health recently, meaning his death has come as a real shock to Dave Clark, who is now one of just two surviving original members of the popular 60s band along with guitarist Lenny Davidson after the deaths of saxophone player Denis Payton in 2006 and singer/keyboardist Mike Smith in 2008.
Clark has described the news as ‘devastating’, and added:
“We’d talk once a week. I spoke to Rick on Friday, he was in great spirits. Rick was a dear friend and an immensely talented musician with an amazing sense of humour, he always made me smile.”
The Dave Clark Five are best known for their 1963 UK number one single ‘Glad All Over‘, but also enjoyed success with subsequent singles such as ‘Bits and Pieces‘ and ‘Catch Us If You Can‘.