Rock festival's tribute to Stuart Cable after his death

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Stuart Cable at his 40th birthday party two weeks ago. Photo:

A rock festival which the late Stuart Cable was due to perform at this weekend is to stage a tribute to him.

The former Stereophonics drummer was found dead at his home in Llwydcoed near Aberdare on Monday aged 40.

He had been due to appear at the Download Festival in Donington with his new band Killing For Company.

Instead fans will be able to pay their respects when footage of the rocker is played on a big screen on Friday evening.

The tribute video will also remember other rock stars who have died recently, including Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, Ronnie James Dio and Pete Steele from Type O Negative.

On the festival's website, organisers said the video would be screened on the Main Stage at 2000 BST "for fans to pay their respects and to mark the loss of such treasured icons of the rock and metal world".

They also paid tribute to Cable, who left Stereophonics in 2003 and went on to forge a career as a TV and radio presenter.

They said: "Stuart was a great character, as well as a good friend and well loved in the rock music scene and will be sorely missed."

Cable's family have also released a statement, which said: "On Monday we lost not just a rock star but a father, son and brother."

It is also understood that his funeral will be a private family affair.

Police have said it may take up to six weeks before the cause of the drummer's death is established.

A post-mortem examination was carried out at Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, earlier this week.

But South Wales Police said the cause of death will not be known until toxicology tests are completed, the results of which can take up to six weeks.

Officers previously said they were not speculating on the cause of death but there were no suspicious circumstances.

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