Sir Brian May has revealed his devastation following the death of his driver.
The Queen legend, 76, announced on Instagram on Thursday evening that his “dear friend” Phil Webb had died of a heart attack.
Sir Brian’s driver Phil had worked for him for over 30 years and the music icon admitted his death was “one of the saddest days” of his life.
Heartbroken Sir Brian shared photos of Phil and wrote: “This is one of the saddest days of my life.” Last night we lost Phil Webb to a heart attack.
“Phil, my dedicated driver for over 30 years, was my family’s dearest friend and protector and the kindest and most decent man I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.”
Sad: Sir Brian May, 76, took to Instagram on Thursday evening where he revealed his devastation following the death of his driver Phil Webb
Tribute: The Queen legend’s driver Phil had worked for him for over 30 years and the music icon admitted his death was “one of the saddest days” of his life
“We are all devastated and join Phil’s wife and son in mourning the last man on earth who deserved this untimely death.”
“God bless you, dear Phil – we all love you.” We are proud of the life you have led and forever grateful for everything you have given us – more than words could ever describe. Bri.’
Phil was at Buckingham Palace with Sir Brian in March when he was awarded a knighthood at the New Year Honors.
As the virtuoso guitarist of the rock band Queen, he is responsible for some of pop music’s greatest riffs, from the solo on Don’t Stop Me Now to the melodic sounds of Somebody To Love.
Along with late frontman Freddie Mercury, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor, Sir Brian scored numerous number one hits on tours around the world during the group’s heyday in the 1980s.
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Sir Brian is no stranger to Buckingham Palace, having performed during the Golden Jubilee in 2002, playing a solo guitar version of God Save The Queen from the roof of the famous royal residence.
In June last year he appeared at the Platinum Jubilee, where the late monarch tapped out the beat of “We Will Rock You” on a teacup at the end of a sketch with Paddington Bear.
Devastating: Sir Brian revealed his ‘dear friend’ has died of a heart attack
Sympathy for the family: The musician sent his support to Phil’s wife and son
After the King handed him his gong, Sir Brian said: “We’re thinking about a tour, I can tell.”
“I hope I stay in good health – I seem to be in pretty good health at the moment, which is always great.”
“It hasn’t been an easy road and there were times when I thought I’d never do it again.” But we all seem to be doing well, so we’re thinking about touring a bit.
“And of course we’re touring at the highest level and it’s very high energy and high fitness demands.” “If we don’t go out until October, I’ll be working on my fitness from now on.”