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Stuart Cable's family tribute as Facebook campaign starts

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James McLaren James McLaren | 11:46 UK time, Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Two days after the death Radio Wales presenter and former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable, his family have released a brief statement to the press.

"On Monday we lost not just a rock star but a father, son and brother" it read. His funeral will be a private family affair, and the family have requested that the media respect that wish.

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Photo: Jon Pountney

This week a a Facebook campaign to get Stereophonics' Local Boy In The Photograph has gathered momentum.

It was set up by Ross Burt, 36, who posted this explanation for the group: "When I heard the news I was in shock all morning. He was only human obviously, but you just don't imagine someone with a personality like his to die so young.

"I logged on to Facebook to see loads of people posting a tribute as their status so I had the idea to get a group together for all the fans.

"Then Local Boy came on the radio and the lyrics felt so right and I then had an idea to see if we could get it back up the charts.

"I thought it would be the perfect tribute to Stuart."

BBC News today reports that the cause of Cable's death may not be known for some time. A post-mortem examination has been carried out at Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil. The cause of death will not be known until toxicology tests are completed. The results can take up to six weeks, South Wales Police said.

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