The band were due to kick off their Death Express UK tour in Cambridge tonight.
Frontman Barrie Cadogan issued the following statement via Facebook earlier today:
We can confirm that Little Barrie’s drummer Virgil Howe, acclaimed drumming son of rock figurehead Steve Howe, sadly passed away last night at the age of 41.
Virgil’s sudden and unexpected death has come as an incredible shock to his friends and family. His band had been in rehearsals preparing for their UK tour, which was due to start today in Cambridge.
“We are heartbroken that we have lost our dear friend and brother Virgil Howe. Our thoughts are with his daughter, family and partner. Please respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Virgil Howe was the son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe. He recorded three studio albums with Little Barrie, as well as appearing on several of his father’s releases.
The band stated that all ticket sales will be refunded at point of purchase. Yes have also cancelled all remaining dates on their Yestival tour.
Tributes have already started appearing on social media for a very popular musician…
— Steve Mason (@SteveMasonKBT) September 12, 2017
— Eddy Temple-Morris (@eddyTM) September 12, 2017
— The Moons (@MoonsOfficial) September 12, 2017