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Northern Uproar’s Jeff Fletcher Dead At 36

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Stereo Embers Magazine is sorry to report the death of Northern Uproar guitarist Jeff Fletcher.

Fletcher was 36.

Fletcher was on foot on Wellington Road South in Stockport, when he was struck by a truck. The musician was pronounced dead at the scene.

Northern Uproar got their start in 1995 and Fletcher was an original member of the band. Signed by Heavenly, the young band had quick chart success with “Rollercoaster” and “From A Window.”

They appeared on the cover of Melody Maker and the BBC’s “Top Of The Pops.”

Although they split up in 1999, they reformed in 2006 and released their third record Stand And Fight.

On the strength of a successful Pledgemusic campaign, their fourth effort All That Was Has Gone, came out in 2013.

Not long after, however, Fletcher ended up leaving the band.

Northern Uproar singer Leon Meya commented on Fletcher’s death in the Manchester Evening News, saying: “Jeff was a gentleman and my friend since the age of five…we grew up together and went through school. He was a genius and learned the guitar in six months. He was the principle songwriter, he could make melodies, sing and was a good performer. He made the sound of Northern Uproar…we were a great team. Jeff was recognised as a great guitarist, his guitar work was amazing. He was such a lovely, caring bloke, I will miss a proper friend.”

On the band’s official  Facebook page, they wrote: “Our Jeff would not believe the amount of love and concern everyone is showing. He was a quiet man, he didn’t do facebook.Most that have met him say the same – a gentleman, talented and very, very funny.Our thoughts and love to Jeff’s family.”

And in an earlier post: “We are at Giants’ Causeway in Ireland, we have been saying goodbye to a gentle giant, our friend and bandmate.We are playing a few of his songs tonight.”