Bay City Rollers star Ian Mitchell dies aged 62 as band release statement

Bay City Rollers star Ian Mitchell has died aged 62.

The official Bay City Rollers Facebook page announced the news today with a statement announcing his death.

This read: "We are deeply saddened by the news of Ian Mitchell's death.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Wendy, their family and friends.

"Rest In Peace, Ian."

No other details have yet been given about his death.

Mitchell only spent a short time with the Bay City Rollers.

He was brought in after original member Alan Longmuir left the band in 1977.

Ian, an Irishman, became the first non-Scottish member of the group.

Bay City Rollers recorded album ‘Dedication’ with Ian and had a hit with a cover of Dusty Springfield’s ‘I Only Want To Be Like You’ – with Mitchell performing lead vocals.

Despite the star's short time with the band, he was once named-checked on TV show Friends.

Monica Geller was heard saying: "Okay, I haven’t cleared the budget with my parents but tell me how this sounds for music.

"A string quartet for the processional, a jazz trio for cocktails, and the Bay City Rollers for dancing. Wait, that was for my 6th grade wedding.

Chandler Bing then replied: "Well, you couldn’t get them anyway. I mean, Ian doesn’t play anymore, and Derek… Well, Derek is a name I shouldn’t know."

After Mitchell moved to California and became a computer programmer. He was also a motivational speaker.

Bay City Rollers are a Scottish pop rock band known for their teen idol popularity in the 1970s. They have been called the "tartan teen sensations from Edinburgh", and "the first of many acts heralded as the 'biggest group since the Beatles'".

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