Friends remember ‘talented’ guitarist
TRIBUTES have been paid to an ‘incredibly talented’ guitarist from Bury St Edmunds who was found dead at his London home last week.
Chris Langeland, 22, had played with local bands including The Punctuals, Generation of Swine and Thee Vicars, while his other love was skateboarding, which he did around Bury.
“He was incredibly talented and his knowledge of music was second to none,” said Reuben Kemp, who joined Mr Langeland in his first band.
The 20-year-old, from Bury, said Mr Langeland, a former St James Middle and King Edward VI School pupil, was well-known for his guitar playing but was talented with other instruments, as well as with music production, singing, song writing, and was a great artist.
He said: “He was very creative and really humble about it.
“He was quite a shy person and that was how he expressed himself, through music.
“He was incredibly funny too, he’d always have us in stitches of laughter. I feel very honoured that I knew him.”
Mike Whittaker, from Thee Vicars, which released its last record in June, said: “Though this is a very tough time for everyone who knew Chris, I take comfort from the fact I got to travel all around Europe, Scandinavia and America with him in Thee Vicars and knew what a life he lived - there are so many fantastic memories.
“He was the most funny and talented guy I’d ever met - not just at music but also at drawing and painting too.
“He was a mischievous character who was always making people smile.”
Jim Crick, from Generation of Swine, said: “He had a wicked sense of humour and his soul shone through his eyes rather than his face.
“He was my little brother - I shall miss him in 100 little ways everyday of my life.”
Jason Mills, a friend from Bury, said: “Chris played in bands as a way of exploring his love for music and spending time with his close friends, two things he loved with a passion.
“He was funny and sweet, clever and talented, he’ll be remembered with a cheeky grin forever and will be missed by everyone.”
A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said they attended an address in Poole Road, Hackney, last Thursday, where they discovered the body of a 22-year-old man.
Mr Langeland’s death is not thought to be suspicious.
An inquest will be held in due course.
Picture above courtesy of Warwick Lowe Photography warwicklowephotography.com
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