Level 42 guitarist Rowland Gould, 64, who wrote band’s biggest hit Lessons In Love is found dead at his home as bandmate Mark King says he will feel ‘no more pain’ now
- Guitarist Rowland Gould, nicknamed Boon, founded Level 42 in 1979
- His biggest hit was the Number 3 single Lessons in Love from 1986
- Fellow bandmate Mark King announced his friend’s death today on Twitter
- He wrote in tribute: ‘You are at peace now Boon, no more pain mate. Thank you’
One of the founding members of hit British pop group Level 42 has been ‘found dead’ at his home, it was revealed today.
Guitarist Rowland Gould, nicknamed Boon, was discovered by police at his home in Dorset this week, former band mate and Level 42 frontman Mark King confirmed on Twitter.
Announcing the tragic news, Mr King said his friend would suffer ‘no more pain’ now.
Level 42 guitarist Boon Gould, rear, has been found dead at his his home. He is pictured here with his brother Phil Gould, left, Mark King, centre and Mike Lindup, right
Mr Gould wrote the band’s biggest hit, the 1986 classic Lessons in Love
Mr King posted a heartfelt tribute to his friend on Twitter while announcing his tragic death
Mr Gould, 64, formed the Level 42 with his brother Phil, who was the band’s drummer, Mr King and keyboard player Mike Lindup in 1979.
Among his writing credits is the bands most successful single Lessons in Love, which reached number three in the UK charts in 1986.
The band’s singer Mr King today confirmed his friend had died in a statement on the band’s official Facebook page.
He said: ‘It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to tell you of the passing of our dear friend and brother Boon Gould.
‘Dorset Police confirmed that he was found dead at his home on Tuesday morning.
‘You are at peace now Boon, no more pain mate. Thank you for everything.’
His younger brother Phil, 62, added: ‘My heart is beyond broken.’
The Gould brothers and Mr King grew up on the Isle of Wight, playing in bands together from a young age.
Mr Gould, nicknamed Boon as a child by an uncle, played the guitar and saxophone in the band until 1987, when he left due to health issues.
The musician suffered from nervous exhaustion, leading to him having panic attacks on stage while performing with the group.
Level 42 played Glastonbury in June 1986, with Boon Gould, pictured right beside his bandmate Mark King, left
Mr Gould, pictured left, founded the band with his younger brother Phil, right, along with Mike Lindup, second left and Mark King, centre
After the 1980s Mr Gould spent time in a monastery before releasing two solo albums
After spending time away from the limelight in a monastery, he went on to release two solo albums and wrote songs for his friend Mr King, before reuniting with his old band mates for a brief period in 2004.
In October 2012, he once more returned to the stage with Level 42 in Bristol.
Devastated Level 42 fans have paid tribute to Mr Gould.
Roberto Carrasco said: ‘Boon was often in the background, such a great musician and especially talented in writing brilliant lyrics.
‘Thank you for all the beautiful music and lyrics with your spirit in there over all those years.’
Christoph Lammertz said: ‘Thank you for your very valuable contribution to the fantastic music of my favourite band. Rest in Peace Boon.’
And Amal Morgan added: ‘He was one of the greatest lead guitarists I’ve ever seen and it’s a huge loss to Level 42. Thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.’