City drummer Robbie France dies aged 52

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sheffield-born hard rock drummer Robbie France has died aged 52 at his home in south-east Spain, it has been reported.

The Spanish national newsagency EFE quoted ‘family sources’ as saying that the musician, who played with such groups as Diamond Head, Alphaville, UFO, Skunk Anansie and Wishbone Ash, died on Saturday.

It said he was buried on Wednesday at Puerto de Mazarron, in the province of Murcia, south of Alicante.

Mr France had lived in the Costa Blanca resort for the past three years.

He was born in Sheffield in 1959. In the 1970s he emigrated to Australia, returning to the UK in 1982 and joining the hard rock band Diamond Head. Three years later he became drummer with the UFO, replacing Andy Parker.

He settled in Puerto Mazaron in 1998 after stints with Skunk Anansie and the German group Alphaville.

Last year he published a novel, Six Degrees South, partly set in Mazarron.

The report said that the family did not give the cause of death.