Bandmates of Norwich man who died after bus stop fall pay tribute to ‘musical genius’ who was a ‘joy to be around’

Will Croft

Will Croft - Credit: Archant

Bandmates of a Norwich man who died after falling from the city's bus station have paid a warm tribute to a friend and talented musician who was 'a joy to be around'.

William Croft, who lived at Sprowston Road, was found at the station on Sunday, January 10 and despite best efforts of ambulance crews, attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

The 30-year-old was well-known in the city's music scene and was a drummer for jazz, funk and ska band Discharge Lounge.

Speaking on behalf of the band, Jacob Solstice said his friend was a naturally gifted musician who could turn his hand to anything.

'It's no secret that Will was the best thing to ever happen to Discharge Lounge,' he said. 'We'd played without drums before he joined but Will was able to inject so much energy and skill into the band - we went from being a quirky, entertaining but sloppy band to a formidable live act.'

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He said that Mr Croft, who is believed to have recently become a father, had a beautiful voice and played 'expert guitar' - and was known for doing it all while dressed as a bear.

Putting 'musical genius aside', Mr Croft, who worked for Naked Wines, was also a loyal friend, Mr Solstice said.

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'However bad you felt a bear hug, a smile and a joke from him would light you up,' he said. 'We played all over the country, from Peterborough to Sudbury to Latitude and we shared so many laughs along the way.

'A joy to be around, an honour to play music with and someone we will never, ever forget.'

The band, who had nearly finished an album, posted on their Facebook page to say they planned to take a break but hoped to release the album in his memory.

Colleagues from Naked Wines also paid tribute to Mr Croft, who had worked at the company for four years.

In a statement, they said: 'Will was a talented and much loved member of staff - in his four years at Naked Wines, he made all of us smile through his passion for wine and music. Our thoughts and prayers are with Will's family. We miss our friend Will dearly.'

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