Ray Thomas, flautist and vocalist for British rock group The Moody Blues, has died at 76.

His music label, Esoteric Recordings/Cherry Red Records, says Thomas died suddenly at his home in Surrey, near London.

No cause of death was given, but Thomas disclosed in 2014 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Born in 1941, Thomas founded The Moody Blues in 1964 with fellow musicians including Mike Pinder and Denny Laine.

Source : USA TODAY