Tributes has been paid to the frontman of indie-rock band The Lapelles, Gary Watson.

The singer of the highly-regarded East Kilbride band, who would have been 22 on Sunday 14th August, died following injuries suffered in an accident on Saturday night. It has been reported that he fell in the River Clyde on Saturday evening.

His bandmates posted a tribute on their Facebook page, saying:

“It’s with shock, heavy hearts and sadness that we have to let you know the news that Gary sadly passed away this morning as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic accident last night.

Today was his 22nd birthday. We are lost for words and struggling to process such a tragedy. Gary was a creative force, a man who without his vision this band wouldn’t exist. We have lost a friend, a brother, a hero. At the moment it doesn’t seem real. We send our deepest condolences to Gary’s family and would appreciate your respect in allowing them & us some peace whilst we grieve.

Forever in our hearts, with peace you go. X”

DJ Jim Gellatly, who had previously described the quintet as the “hottest band right now” in The Scottish Sun, said: “This is such a tragic loss. The Lapelles are rising stars on the verge of something very big. They toured with The Last Shadow Puppets recently, have been playing at every festival going and are top of my bands to look out for. Gary was such a lovely guy, he would always come up and speak to you.He was totally genuine and passionate about his music. I had no doubt that he and the band were going to be massive. My thoughts are with his family, friends and band mates.”

Franz Ferdinand also paid tribute, tweeting: “We’re so sad to hear of the tragic passing of The Lapelles Gary Watson, a lovely, talented man. Thoughts are with his family, friends & band.”