Overtones Singer Matley Passes Away at 36

Overtones Singer Matley Passes Away at 36
Timmy Matley, front, with The Overtones. He has passed away at the age of 36.

Overtones singer Tim Matley, a native of Farranree, has passed away in the UK.

The circumstances around the 36-year-old's death are not clear but it is believed he fell from the balcony of a building in London.

Mr Matley was a member of vocal harmony group The Overtones who scored 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.

Tim Matley (right) with the Overtones and Jane McDonald. Pictured from left: Lachine Chapman, Darren Everest, Mike Crawshaw, Mark Franks and Tim Matley. Picture: Mark Stedman
Tim Matley (right) with the Overtones and Jane McDonald. Pictured from left: Lachine Chapman, Darren Everest, Mike Crawshaw, Mark Franks and Tim Matley. Picture: Mark Stedman

Their second album achieved Gold status. Their biggest hit was the song 'Gambling Man', which charted at 32 in Austria and reached 16 in Germany.

Mr 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 perform a 15,000 feet skydive to raise money for the hospital where he received his cancer treatment – The Royal Marsden in London– on May 3. He had raised almost €6,000 for the hospital's charity through a JustGiving page.

He was also due to perform at City Hall on June 12 as part of a charity concert to raise funds in aid of Down Syndrome Centre, Cork. He attended the launch of the event at City Hall just two weeks ago.

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” 

The Overtones are yet to make a statement on Mr Matley's passing.

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