Ian Dempsey, Ronan Keating and Dáithí Ó Sé are among those who have paid tribute to musician and showbiz journalist Richie Taylor who has passed away aged 61 following a stroke.
Richie "Milkboy" Taylor began his music career in the seventies in acts such as The Great Saturday Night Swindle, Rocky DeValera and the Gravediggers and later went on to join The Rhythm Kings, The Flash Harrys, The Wilf Brothers, and his own band The Twist.
He began working as a music journalist in the mid-80s, writing for In Dublin magazine and later The Sunday Press. In later years he had been working as a showbiz correspondent for The Irish Sun.
Mischievous and wise, Richie had a wry and amused take on the famous stars he met and interviewed over the years and was far more passionate about the music than the distractions of riches and fame.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra, and their three children.
Just woke up in Oz to the Sad news of Richie Taylor's passing. A true gent. Was lucky enough to know him and he was always a warm kind man .— Ronan Keating (@ronanofficial) August 5, 2014
Sad news about the death of Richie Taylor - Irish musician and journalist - always smiling and great company - RIP pic.twitter.com/JwNWWymyZB— Ian Dempsey (@IanDempsey) August 4, 2014