Former Lillian Axe guitarist Jon Ster dead at 52

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Former Lillian Axe and Stiff guitarist Jon Ster has died aged 52, it’s been announced.

He was pronounced dead at the Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas as a result of heart failure earlier this week.

Ster was a member of Stiff before joining Lillian Axe for their self-titled debut in 1988. He went on to play on 1989’s Love + War, 1992’s Poetic Justice and 1993’s Psychoschizophrenia. After Lillian Axe split in 1995, he became a member of Velvet Poker Dogs and, most recently, Brand New Machine.

His former Lillian Axe bandmate Steve Blaze paid tribute to the guitarist on the band’s Facebook page, praising his character and his commitment to making music.

He says: “He was solid, a great guitarist, played keys, sang well and beyond all else, he was a star. He made people laugh, smile, and want to be around him. Over the last few years, even when I only saw him occasionally, we always picked up where we left off, laughing, smiling, and telling the many stories from our 12 years together in Lillian Axe.”

He continues: “I never heard or saw him in a bad mood. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He loved being on the road, and he loved everything to do with playing music. He was the guy everyone wanted to hang out with after the show.”

Brand New Machine frontman Brantly Thompson called him “one of the most talented guitarists I’ve ever met.” He added: “The world was a much better place with Jon in it and he left us a legacy of great music, a beautiful daughter and tonnes of amazing memories.”