Former ELO Member Hugh McDowell Passes Away At 65

ELO and Wizzard cellist Hugh McDowell has died from cancer at the age of 65. The news was confirmed by his former colleagues.

“I’m sad beyond words to have to pass on the news that my old friend and fantastic cellist Hugh McDowell passed away last night after a long illness,” ELO cellist Mel Gale said. “We met in our mid teens and were close until we left ELO in 1980. He was a beautiful free spirit, had such a natural gift as a cellist and [was] just a lovely bloke,” he added.

“Apart from his legendary ELO contributions, he was an integral part of all of our Wetton/Downes Icon albums. A great musician and gentleman sadly missed. Thank you Hugh,” Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes said about McDowell.

McDowell, who performed at ELO’s first concert in 1972 was best known for his work with ELO and Wizzard throughout the 70s.

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