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Fundraising page launched for Suffolk-based Adam Ant guitarist Tom Edwards

PUBLISHED: 14:02 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:02 13 February 2017

Tom Edwards during soudcheck at the Ipswich Regent in May 2016

Tom Edwards during soudcheck at the Ipswich Regent in May 2016

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A fundraising page to support the family of an Ipswich guitarist who died while out on tour with Adam Ant’s band has raised nearly £17,000.

Adam Ant on stage in the Word Arena at the Latitude Festival on Saturday. The singer's Facebook page confirmed the death of guitarist Tom Edwards in January.Adam Ant on stage in the Word Arena at the Latitude Festival on Saturday. The singer's Facebook page confirmed the death of guitarist Tom Edwards in January.

Tom Edwards, 41, died on January 25 from suspected heart failure, at Kennedy Hospital in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

The popular Suffolk musician had taught guitar to dozens of people in the county, before going on to forge a career performing in top bands including Fields of the Nephilim, Andrea Corr, Rebelles and Roddy Frame among others.

He returned to Suffolk after a spell in London, joining Adam Ant’s band in 2012.

Tom’s brother Dickon has since set up an online fundraising page encouraging donations and memories of Tom and his life.

In a statement on behalf of Tom’s mother Lynne Edwards, his partner Charis Anderson and daughter Holly Dawson, Dickon said: “A public celebration of his life is being planned for the near future, as well as a dedicated memorial website.

“For now, this fundraiser is a good way to pay tribute to Tom, and to alleviate things a little for his family.

“On top of the shock and the grief, the family have to deal with a number of unexpected financial costs related to Tom’s death, including his funeral. Some of these are substantial.

“If you ever enjoyed Tom’s performances, or knew him or know the family, please donate whatever you can.”

So far 387 people have donated and raised £16,795 towards a £20,000 goal.

Tom grew up in Bildeston and went to Great Cornard Upper School where he fostered a love of music that would go on to be his livelihood.

Tributes have flooded in from his Suffolk friends and fellow musicians on the fundraising page, hailing his musical talents and charming personality.

Narinda Desrosiers said: “Rest in peace old friend ‘it was always a pleasure’! Meet you in big blues jam in the sky,” while Kif Lane-Sims added: “I am so proud of what Tom achieved and how amazingly talented he was. He will live on forever through the music he made and loved.”

Michelle McKay said: “You always made time to have a selfie with fans,” and nine-year-old Ariel Palermo said he met Tom twice but has been inspired to pick up the guitar as a result.

Tom last performed in Ipswich with the Adam Ant band in May last year.

To view the tributes or donate, see here.

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