ROBBIE FRANCE, whose articles about life as a yacht owner graced the pages of Euro Weekly News (EWN) through his ‘Cast Off’ articles, passed away on Saturday, January 14, aged 52.
Sheffield-born Robbie died due to complications during surgery in hospital in Mazarron (Murcia), where he had lived since 1998.
Many readers may only have known him as a fun loving and very knowledgeable sailor and not of his past life as an eminent music journalist, famous drummer and as someone who had lived the life of an 80’s rock star.
Among others Robbie performed with bands including Diamond Head; UFO; Ellis, Beggs, & Howard; and Wishbone Ash.
In 1994 he became a founder member of Skunk Anansie and recorded and co-wrote the hit track ‘Weak’.
In 1995 Robbie joined German super-group Alphaville. Robbie’s first novel ‘Six Degrees South’ was published on December 7, 2011, two days after his 52 Birthday.
His funeral was due to be held on Wednesday this week in Mazarron.
EWN editor Alfredo Bloy said: “I am truly shocked. Robbie emailed me the day before he died to say he felt Okay, saying he’d been on holiday to Mojacar and Gibraltar. He was a gentleman.
We at EWN extend our most sincere condolences to Robbie’s family. As he’d say: Love and Respect.”
By Keith Nicol