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Founding Jamiroquai keyboardist Toby Smith dies at age 46

Original Jamiroquai keyboardist Toby Smith passed away on Tuesday at age 46. Founding bassist Stuart Zender announced the news the following day via Instagram.

Smith played with the band from 1992 to 2002, before leaving due to family commitments. He played on five albums by the band, all of which went Platinium in the band's home country of England. The last album he appeared on was 2001's A Funk Odyssey, where the band explored funk, dance and pop sounds. Smith's cause of death has not yet been made public.

Jamiroquai news site Funkin eulogised the late musician:

"He set up a recording studio at his home, started producing cider with some friends, built up a love (and garage) of classic cars and was a keen horse rider. This is a very sad day for all Jamiroquai fans. Much love to his wife, children and the rest of his family."

Original bassist pays tribute to fallen friend

Stuart Zender, who played bass with the band from 1992 to 1998, wrote about his late friend on Instagram:

"I love you so much. My big brother Toby crossed over to the other side last night. All my fondest memories are of him and the band that we created. The most talented musician I have ever had the honor to make music with. There will never be another like you Toby. Your light will shine on eternally. Thank you for making mine and everyone's life so bright. I celebrate your love and life! Rest in Love. Your bald brother Stu x"

Toby Smith's writing contributions key to Jamiroquai's success

Smith co-wrote a number of the band's biggest hits, including Little L, You Give Me Something, Love Foolosophy, Too Young to Die, Blow Your Mind and many others. Both Smith and Zender were members during the "classic" era of the band, from 1993 to 1997.

After leaving Jamiroquai, Smith worked as a producer and songwriter, collaborating with The Hoosiers, Matt Cardle and others.