A young man who was the member of a boyband in the mid 2000s was tragically struck and killed by a train near Chelmsford railway station in the UK last week.
23-year-old Patrick Aspbury made his claim to fame in 2005 when he became a member of three-piece boyband The Choirboys, which brought choir music into mainstream pop. The group was active from 2005 to 2007.
Police have not given a description of the nature of the train incident that led to Aspbury’s death, prior to an “inquest”, a British legal hearing at which the nature and cause of an unusual death is determined.
Aspbury’s family paid tribute to him today, describing him as a “sensitive, thoughtful, and caring person.”
“It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the loss of much-loved son, brother, family member and cherished friend Patrick,” the family said in a statement to Essex Live. “In addition to his singing, Patrick was also a talented and promising composer, keen footballer and Spurs fan, and above all a sensitive, thoughtful, and caring person.”
“He will be sorely missed. We would ask that everyone respect our family’s privacy, and Patrick’s memory, during this difficult time,” they added.
Aspbury had gone missing in March of last year and his mother made an emotional public call for him to return — which he eventually did.
He had been replaced in the Choirboys, along with the other two boys, in 2007 after their voices changed due to puberty.
Upon reports that a man had been struck by a train on April 12, all lines in and out of the train station were suspended. An inquest into Aspbury’s death is set to open tomorrow.