Former UFO bassist Pete Way offered his condolences to the friends and family of keyboard-guitarist Paul Raymond, who suffered a fatal heart attack aged 73 during the band’s farewell tour.

Way and Raymond were bandmates during two stints in the ‘70s and the ‘90s, while both served a total of four stints in the British band. Way also brought Raymond aboard as a member of his group Waysted in 1982. However, their relationship was marred by periods of tension and disagreement.

“I've just heard the sad news of Paul Raymond's passing,” Way wrote on Facebook. “I won’t pretend that we were always the best of friends but I am completely shattered to hear this.… I’m gonna miss you mate!”

In 2012 Raymond addressed tensions with Way, saying: "We are a band, we enjoy playing together and despite all the splits and troubles, we always find a way to sort things out and get back together. Pete’s behaviour has always been a bit on the hard side… but as Phil [Mogg] says the door is always open for him to return. To us and the fans he is such an integral part of UFO.”

Former UFO guitarist Michael Schenker, whose MSG lineup featured Raymond from 1980 to 1981 then again in 2011, said: “It is unbelievable. Paul Raymond was a great musician and loved Rock and Roll. My condolences to his loved ones. Rest in peace my friend.” UFO said they were “too shell-shocked” to make a full statement, posting a recent photo of Raymond at the O2 Forum venue in London, England. “Thank you to everyone for your very kind and supportive messages,” they added.

Fellow Brits Saxon said they were “shocked and saddened” at the news of Raymond’s passing, describing him as a “friend and touring mate.” Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott said Raymond was a “really underrated” musician and added: “Sad day for rock’n’roll. We are losing all the original heroes one by one.” Def Leppard, Foghat and other peers also sent their own messages of support.

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