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Ryan Thomas’ father Dougie has died 

Ryan Thomas’ father Dougie James has passed away, according to BBC Radio Manchester.

It was reported on Saturday morning that the 70s music legend Dougie, who was the lead singer of Dougie James And The Soul Train, has died.

BBC Manchester’s Mike Shaft remembered Dougie and said: ‘He played all over the north west, in those days when they were playing places like Golden Garter they’d have bands on, an American band and then Dougie James.

Ryan Thomas’ father Dougie has passed away, according to BBC Radio Manchester (pictured in 2014 at son Ryan’s 30th birthday)

‘Wonderful guy, always a smile on his face. Always a happy story. Very sad news.’

Dougie’s cause of death is currently unconfirmed.

Dougie is father to actor Ryan, 36, and twin sons, former Emmerdale actor Adam and ex-Love Island contestant, Scott, both 32.

At the height of their fame, Dougie’s band toured with The Jackson Five and his sons have inherited his love of the spotlight. ‘It’s always been in our blood – we’ve always wanted to entertain,’ Adam said earlier this year.

It was reported on Saturday morning that the 70s music legend Dougie, who was the lead singer of Dougie James And The Soul Train, has died (pictured in 2019)

It was reported on Saturday morning that the 70s music legend Dougie, who was the lead singer of Dougie James And The Soul Train, has died (pictured in 2019)

Last year the boys headed to India with their father for an ITV documentary, Mancs In Mumbai, where they explored their heritage for a six-part series.

Following the news of his passing, tributes flooded in for Dougie, as many of his friends and fans remembered him on social media on Saturday morning.

Dougie’s brother Barry, wrote on his Facebook page: ‘Thanks to Ryan, Scott and Adam for letting me know the legend that was my brother Dougie James has passed away thanks for the laughs the musical education bro, see you on the other side.’ 

Dougie's brother Barry, wrote on his Facebook page: 'Thanks to Ryan, Scott and Adam for letting me know the legend that was my brother Dougie James has passed away thanks for the laughs the musical education bro, see you on the other side'

Dougie’s brother Barry, wrote on his Facebook page: ‘Thanks to Ryan, Scott and Adam for letting me know the legend that was my brother Dougie James has passed away thanks for the laughs the musical education bro, see you on the other side’

Family: Dougie is father to actor Ryan, 36, and twin sons, former Emmerdale actor Adam and ex-Love Island contestant, Scott, both 32

Family: Dougie is father to actor Ryan, 36, and twin sons, former Emmerdale actor Adam and ex-Love Island contestant, Scott, both 32

A fan on Twitter, wrote: Aw I just heard that Dougie James of Dougie James’ soul train has died. I remember him appearing at Fagins nightclub when I worked there, many times. Loved his version of ‘Hey Joe’, RIP.

Another person shared a snap of the boys and their father, and said: ‘Really sad news today the legend that is Dougie James has passed away, one of England’s greatest singer entertainers. 

‘We had some great times with Alex ‘hurricane higgins’ and bought so much pleasure to so many people, he will be greatly missed. RIP DOUGIE.’

Sad news hearing the news that Manchester’s Dougie James, father of @ryanjamesthomas has passed away. Very sad news. Dougie and my uncle were great great friends. Met him at the funeral and then memorial party a month later. RIP.’ 

Condolences: Following the news of his passing, tributes flooded in for Dougie, as many of his friends and fans remembered him on social media on Saturday morning

Condolences: Following the news of his passing, tributes flooded in for Dougie, as many of his friends and fans remembered him on social media on Saturday morning

Many fans also sent sent their condolences to Dougie’s sons, one of whom wrote: ‘Heart goes out to @adamthomas21 @scottyspecial @ryanjamesthomas so sorry for ur loss.’

While another person said: ‘@ryanjamesthomas mate I’m so sorry to hear this sad sad news. Sending you and yours our sincere condolences! Our love and thoughts are with you right now. RIP DJ x.’

Another wrote: ‘Thinking of you @ryanjamesthomas.’

A fourth said: ‘Condolences on the passing of your father.’ 

Heartfelt: Many fans also sent sent their condolences to Dougie's sons, one of whom wrote: 'Heart goes out to @adamthomas21 @scottyspecial @ryanjamesthomas so sorry for ur loss'

Heartfelt: Many fans also sent sent their condolences to Dougie’s sons, one of whom wrote: ‘Heart goes out to @adamthomas21 @scottyspecial @ryanjamesthomas so sorry for ur loss’

Adam, Ryan and Scott Thomas confronted their once absent father Dougie during the documentary which aired earlier this year. 

Following their parent’s divorce, Adam told Star TV magazine how his father was not always around in the brothers’ youth, saying the Mumbai trip became ‘quite emotional’ for them.

Adam said: ‘My dad left us for years when we were younger and then he came back into our lives and we never really talked about it. 

Family: (L-R) Adam, Ryan and Scott Thomas confronted their once absent father Dougie during the documentary which aired earlier this year

Family: (L-R) Adam, Ryan and Scott Thomas confronted their once absent father Dougie during the documentary which aired earlier this year

‘There were a lot of unanswered questions, which we touched on and I think we needed to. It got quite emotional.’

The month-long journey saw the Thomas brothers retrace the footsteps of their grandfather Nolan, who immigrated to the UK from India in 1947.

Former Coronation Street star Ryan added: ‘He always referred to his dad as his hero. And the moment it hit him was when he went to where our granddad went to school. I said, ‘Dad, this is the exact same playground that your dad played in when he was a child.’ 

Scott, who is Adam’s non-identical twin, said the trip put things into perspective for the brothers and their father, adding that it has brought them closer together.

The brothers visited the Dharavi slum which is the most ­populated place on earth with 700,000 people living in just 0.8 square miles.

The boys’ childhood was complicated by their parents’ acrimonious split shortly after the twins were born, with Dougie and their mother Gail not in contact for years. 

It came after Adam and Scott told how Dougie disappeared from their lives for six years during their childhood.

Speaking to Weekend magazine, Scott said: ‘We didn’t see him in all that time, then when Ryan turned 16 he came back into our lives.

‘It was a hard time for us, which is something we had to deal with on this trip.’

Adam added: ‘There were a lot of unanswered questions that we’d never talked about and this trip was the right time to do it. 

It came after Adam and Scott told how Dougie disappeared from their lives for six years during their childhood

It came after Adam and Scott told how Dougie disappeared from their lives for six years during their childhood

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