Ray Boddington, the iconic frontman of Manchester band Piccadilly Rats, has died today at the age of 77.

The singer died in hospital just hours after he was struck by a tram in Manchester city centre last Wednesday night.

Ray's devastated son Daniel Boddington told the Manchester Evening News: "All of his family were there, at his bed. My dad would have wanted everybody in Manchester to know that he loved them all.

"I feel like my heart is shattered. I can't describe the way it feels."

Daniel said that his father was still wearing his trademark sunglasses even as he died.

It is believed Ray had been on his way home after performing at The Millstone pub when he was struck by a Metrolink tram at around 7.30pm last Wednesday.

He had been hooked up to a life-support machine at Salford Royal Hospital while his family had been keeping vigil by his bedside over the weekend.

They announced in a Facebook post last Friday that his life support had been withdrawn, and today sadly confirmed he had died.

Musician Ray, a retired hairdresser, has previously appeared on the X Factor , and also turned up on daytime courtroom series Judge Rinder.

The Piccadilly Rats lineup includes founders Gaz Stanley as well as the late Ray Boddington – plus an array of friends they've met along the way, including Tommy Trouble, drummer Alan Jones, and teenage bassist Robert Branch.

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