Ian Mitchell, former member of Bay City Rollers, dies at 62

"Rest In Peace, Ian," the Scottish pop band wrote as they announced his death

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Mitchell joined the group in 1976 at the age of 17, replacing founding member and bassist Alan Longmuir.

But he quit the band after nine months to return his native Northern Ireland, where he performed with old school friends as the group Rosetta Stone.

While Mitchell was with the Rollers, they released the 1976 album Dedication and a cover version of Dusty Springfield's I Only Want to Be With You.

But he found tensions within the band hard to cope with and departed that December, to be replaced by guitarist Pat McGlynn.

, founding member Stuart Wood said his former bandmate's death was "very sad, sad news".

He said he had "many fond memories" of performing with Mitchell, adding that he would be "sorely missed".

US singer Kyle Vincent, who performed with Mitchell in the 2000s, said he had "some great memories" from their time together.

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