Queen’s long time tour manager, and a friend of whole band Gerry Stickells passed away after losing his long struggle with illness.

Stickless, born in Lydd, England in 1942 an he was one of 10 children of the family. His whole music career changed as being a roadie with Jimi Hendrix. In 2000’s, doctors found a benign tumor between his brain stem and carotid artery. Unfortunately, he lost his war against that illness yesterday.

Queen co founder and drummer Roger Taylor, shared an heartbreaking photos of Gerry Stickells, and pens an emotional letter about him.

Here is what Taylor wrote on his Instagram page:

Gerry Stickells, the world’s greatest tour manager passed away after a long struggle with illness.

He was more than a tour manager to Queen – he was a father figure, great friend and teacher and an island of calm in the midst of chaos. He had a profound affect on my life, all of it good.

From his early days with Jimi Hendrix through all the years with Queen and Paul McCartney, Gerry was THE MAN!

We will miss him greatly and send love to Sylvia and the family at this difficult time.

With great sadness,

– Roger.”

You can see the Instagram photos below: