MUSICAL Youth drummer Frederick Waite Jr has tragically died aged 85.

The 1980s music legend was behind number 1 hit Pass the Dutchie, which recently featured on Stranger Things.

Frederick Waite Jr has passed away

Frederick passed away in July in Birmingham with the band announcing the heartbreaking news today.

They said in a statement: “We are sad to announce the passing of Musical Youth’s drummer Frederick Waite Jr.

“Our thoughts go out to him and his family during this sad time. We have lost a musical legend, who inspired many young musicians over the last 40 years.”

The reggae band was formed in the West Midlands in 1979 by the dads of Frederick and fellow members Kelvin and Michael Grant and Patrick Waite.

They hit the big-time when Pass the Dutchie was released in 1982 and sold five million copies.

The band also made history when they became the first black group to have a music channel played on MTV – beating Michael Jackson by several months.

Frederick’s death comes after Patrick Waite tragically died aged just 24 in 1993 from a hereditary heart condition.

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