Music industry PR, radio plugger and director of Large PR Stuart Emery has passed away suddenly after suffering heart failure.
Emery, 50 was a much-loved music industry veteran of more than 30 years. He entered the music industry with Phonogram Records as a radio plugger, before moving to Sony (Columbia) as Head of TV in 1994.
In 1998 he went freelance and the following year set up Absolute Promotions with Amanda Beel and Large PR in 2004. Stuart worked with many of the world's biggest artists including Robert Plant and Alison Kraus, Michael BoIton, Mariah Carey, Incubus, Katie Melua, Amen and Tim Burgess.
Close friends from across the music industry have lined up to pay tribute including BBC Radio 6 Music's Steve Lamacq who said of Emery: "Stuart was larger than life. He talked so animatedly about the bands he worked with; because he had such an infectious way about him. And he could talk to anyone. He was a proper friend, but a really thorough, hard-working professional to boot. If he believed in a band it was hard not to trust him."
Former Business partner and friend Amanda Beel of All About Promotions said: "Stuart worked as a fitness instructor when we first met. We've been close friends and colleagues for 30 years. He was loyal, honest, straight-talking, fun and loveable. I am going to miss him so terribly".
Details of funeral arrangements will be announced in the next few days.