Wilson left the band to join breakaway group UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro in 2013.
The band was a popular attraction on the club and shed-level touring circuit. They dealt with social and political issues in their songs, something Wilson claimed to know well.
“I went through the same rigmarole as most black people in the late 70s,” Astro told The Guardian in May. “We found it harder to write love songs than militant lyrics, because it was a lot easier to write about stuff you had witnessed or read about. It seemed natural to us,” he said.
The current version of UB40 also noted Astro’s death on its social media.
“We have heard tonight, the sad news that ex-member of UB40, Terence Wilson, better known as Astro, has passed away after a short illness. Our sincere condolences to his family.”
We have heard tonight, the sad news that ex-member of UB40, Terence Wilson, better know as Astro, has passed away after a short illness.
Our sincere condolences to his family
— UB40 (@UB40OFFICIAL) November 6, 2021
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