LONDON (AP) -- The family of Specials drummer John (Brad) Bradbury has announced that he has died at the age of 62.
In a statement released Tuesday that was also posted on the band's website, the family said he died Monday.
"Brad's drumming was the powerhouse behind The Specials and it was seen as a key part to the Two Tone sound," the statement said. "He was much respected in the world of drumming and his style of reggae and ska was seen as genuinely ground breaking when The Specials first hit the charts."
The family did not release details about the cause of death and asked for privacy. The band's representatives said Bradbury died in England.
He joined the band in 1979 and played with the band when it reformed in 2008.