Jamiroquai pay tribute after bass player Derrick McIntyre killed in A41 horror car crash

Bass player Derrick McIntyre died in a car crash (Derrick McIntyre)
Bass player Derrick McIntyre died in a car crash (Derrick McIntyre)

Legendary British musician Derrick McIntyre, who played bass for Jamiroquai and Emeli Sandé, has died aged 66 after being involved in a five-vehicle crash on the A41.

His bandmates and family paid tribute after he was pronounced dead at the scene in Bushey on Friday, February 2.

While not an official band member, McIntyre played bass on Jamiroquai’s revered sixth album Dynamite and was a friend of singer Jay Kay.

“It is with great sorrow that I hear the sad news of Derrick McIntyre’s passing,” the band’s frontman tweeted on Friday.

“He was a joy to work with and a superbly talented musician. My thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow musicians who worked with him.

“Thinking of you at the great gig in the sky Derrick.”

Mr McIntyre was involved in the crash on the A road near Bushy, on the outskirts of London, shortly after 7.30am on February 2. His Vauxhall Astra was one of five cars involved.

His funk style of playing bass fit perfectly with Jamiroquai’s ambitions and he has also put down groovy lines for Roy Ayers and Cliff Richard.

A statement from the family read: “Our dad, Derrick McIntyre, was a proud dad, husband, brother, son, uncle, grandfather and friend.

“He had a passion for music, playing the bass guitar for most of his life and blessing tracks with his groovy bassline for folks such as Jamiroquai, Roy Ayers, Beverley Knight and many more.

“Dad was a great man who influenced many who came into contact with him, inspiring and encouraging every chance he could.

“No amount of words can sum up just how special our dad was to us all - not only within our individual bonds, but as a whole.”