CORK is in mourning following the tragic death of 36-year-old Farranree native and Overtones singer Tim Matley.
Matley, who attended Deerpark CBS and was from Liam Healy Road, has been remembered as a proud Corkman following his death in the UK.
Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, paid tribute to Mr Matley who he described as an “extremely talented young Cork man”.
“I am shocked and saddened to hear of his death,” the Lord Mayor said. “My sympathies go to the family, his friends and the fans of the Overtones. Cork is in mourning,” he added.
Mr Matley was due to perform at City Hall on June 12 as part of a charity concert to raise funds in aid of the Down Syndrome Centre, Cork. The Lord Mayor met Mr Matley at the launch of the event at City Hall just two weeks ago. “He was very excited to be performing at City Hall in June for the Down Syndrome Centre,” he said.
The 36-year-old’s death is believed he died following a fall in London on Monday.
Mr Matley was a member of vocal harmony group The Overtones who had four top-10 albums in the UK.
Their debut album, ‘Good Ol’ Fashioned Love’ reached number four in the UK charts and achieved Platinum status in Ireland and the UK.
Their second album achieved Gold status and they are most known for their biggest hit ‘Gambling Man’ which charted at 32 in Austria and reached 16 in Germany.
The band revealed the news of Mr Matley’s death to fans via social media on Wednesday afternoon in a statement from the remaining members Lachie Chapman, Mike Crawshaw, Mark Franks and Darren Everest.
“It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce that our dear friend and brother Timmy has passed away. We know this news will be as heartbreaking for you all as it is for us. We appreciate your love and support at this difficult time. Mike, Darren, Mark & Lachie x.”
Matley left his home on Liam Healy Road at 17 to go travelling and later became involved in singing and songwriting before joining the Overtones in 2010.
He had been battling cancer after a lump was found in his underarm in summer 2016. He was diagnosed with stage three malignant melanoma — a form of skin cancer.
Mr Matley was due to undertake a 15,000 feet skydive on Mat 3 next to raise money for the hospital, the Royal Marsden, where he received his cancer treatment. He had raised almost €6,000 for the hospital’s charity through a JustGiving page.
Farranree Youth Club, which Mr Matley was a former member of, paid tribute to him in an emotional online post.
“It is with great sadness we have learned the passing of our dear friend and former member Timmy Mately. Our thoughts and prayers are with his mom Geraldine and sister Audrey at this heartbreaking time.Heaven has gained the most beautiful singing angel. Sleep tight our friend.xxxx”
Cork north-central councillor, Ken O’Flynn (FF), said Tim was well-loved in Cork and always had time for fans that he met on his frequent visits back to the city.
“I met him at several award ceremonies. He had time for everybody and stopped for photographs with everyone. He was always thrilled to meet fans. He was a very, very nice young fella with his entire life ahead of him. It’s tragic that his life has been ended so early.” he said.
“He is a man that achieved a lot in a very short amount of time and he was taken far too early from us. My deepest sympathy is with his family and friends and of course the fans of the Overtones.
“You couldn’t meet a nicer chap,” he added.