Tributes have been paid to Level 42 founding guitarist Rowland 'Boon' Gould following the announcement of his death at the age of 64.

Gould's brother and fellow founding member of the band, drummer Phil Gould, tweeted: "My heart is beyond broken."

The band's singer-bassist, Mark King, said Gould had been found dead at his home in the UK on Tuesday morning. 

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to tell you of the passing of our dear friend and brother Boon Gould," King tweeted.

"Dorset Police confirmed that he was found dead at his home on Tuesday morning.

"You are at peace now Boon, no more pain mate. Thank you for everything. Mark x."

Level 42 keyboard player Mike Lindup tweeted: "Boon. Still taking it in. Thoughts and love to his families."

Level 42 formed on the Isle of Wight in 1979 and enjoyed major success in the 1980s with singles including Something About You, Lessons in Love and Running in the Family; and the albums World Machine and Running in the Family.  

Following his departure as a full-time member of Level 42 in 1987, Gould pursued a solo career but also collaborated with the band on lyrics and as a guest in the studio and onstage. 

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