R.I.P. Jamiroquai's Toby Smith

R.I.P. Jamiroquai's Toby Smith
Longtime Jamiroquai keyboardist and producer Toby Smith has died. His cause of death is still unknown as of press time, but he was 46.

As the fan site Funkin reports, Smith was an original member of the group from 1992 up until his departure in 2002 to spend more time with his family. "He set up a recording studio at his home, started producing cider with some friends, built up a love (and garage) of classic cars and was a keen horse rider," the site wrote.

Original Jamiroquai bassist Stuart Zender also confirmed the news through social media, posting a statement on Instagram. 

"I love you so much," Zender wrote. "My big brother Toby crossed over to the other side last night. All my fondest memories are of him and the band that we created. The most talented musician I have ever had the honour to make music with. There will never be another like you Toby. Your light will shine on eternally. Thank you for making mine and everyone's life so bright. I celebrate your love and life! Rest in Love. Your bald brother Stu."

Smith played keys and earned writing credits on the band's first five records, leaving the group following the release of A Funk Odyssey in 2001.

Smith's passing comes not long after the release of the band's eight studio LP Automaton. Frontman Jay Kay and other group members have yet to comment on the keyboardist's passing.