Music boss Alan Wills dies after cycling accident

Alan Wills Alan Wills was the founder of Liverpool-based Deltasonic Records

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A musician who founded one of Liverpool's biggest record labels has died after a cycling accident.

Alan Wills died on Sunday night - three days after he suffered serious head injuries while cycling along East Prescot Road, Page Moss.

The 52-year-old drummer was the founder of Deltasonic Records, which signed bands including The Coral and The Zutons.

His friend Dave Pichilingi said his death "will be a great loss".

Mr Pichilingi, founder of the Liverpool Sound City music festival, added: "I was with him at the end. He was one of my closest friends.

"His loyalty, his belief, his commitment and all the amazing things he did in the industry are well known.

"We worked together with bands for many years. There aren't enough characters in this game and he was bigger than life."

'Lovely character'

Jim Sharrock, 21, a drummer in Liverpool band the Sundowners, said: "I used to play with Alan in a band called the Red Suns.

"He actually gave me my first drum kit. I'm still using it today. He was the most lovely character.

"I had a text message telling me the news. It's such a shock."

Merseyside Police issued an appeal for information after the accident, which happened at about 20:50 BST on Thursday.

A statement from the force said officers do not believe any other vehicles were involved.

Mr Wills was taken to University Hospital Aintree but could not be saved.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "Next-of-kin have been informed and the investigation is ongoing."

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