Ex-Stereophonics drummer found dead

Jun 7, 2010
Alex Lewis

Founder member Stuart Cable thought to have died after alcohol binge

Ex-Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable has been found dead at his home in Llwydcoed, South Wales. Police discovered Cable’s body at 5.00 am today. They said that there were no suspicious circumstances at this stage. There is speculation that his death at the age of 40 could have been the result of a prolonged alcohol binge.
Cable was one of the founding members of the Stereophonics who sold more than 5 million records and were responsible for hits such as Have a Nice Day and Bartender and the Thief. While he was present for what was arguably their period of greatest success, he was eventually ousted from the band in 2003 after falling out with front man Kelly Jones over his excessive drug taking.
In a tell-all biography he released afterwards, Cable admitted to turning into a “coke-taking zombie” when the ‘Phonics hit the big time. Two-day cocaine binges became the norm and on one occasion he discovered his girlfriend naked and shaking on the floor of his bathroom having collapsed from a cocaine overdose.
More recently, Cable had forged himself a career in the media, fronting TV and radio shows for BBC Wales. His last broadcast was just two days before he died - a rock show for BBC Radio Wales on Saturday evening.
His mother Mabel, 79, said this morning: “Stuart has travelled all over this world with the band and I have worried myself silly. He is now settled down and then this has happened. It has not sunk in yet.”

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