UFO Keyboardist and Guitarist Paul Raymond Passes at Age 73

Photo of Paul Raymond shared by his life partner Sandra.

Photo of Paul Raymond shared by his life partner Sandra.

Paul Raymond, UFO guitarist and keyboard player, has passed away at age 73 on April 13, 2019. His life partner, Sandra, posted the news on Paul Raymond’s Facebook page stating, “With a desperate and broken heart, fully in tears and pains that feel like they will kill me I have to tell you that my most beautiful and beloved darling Paul Raymond has passed away today. The doctors were trying to reanimate him and with success at first but then his system shot down again and there was nothing more they could do for him, he died of a heart attack. He absolutely enjoyed the last couple of weeks touring with UFO in the UK & Ireland and he was looking forward to the rest of this year's tour.” She also posted the photo to the right while commenting, “This photo was taken last Wednesday when we checked out of our last hotel before coming back to Germany!”

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Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott posted on Def Leppard’s Facebook, “Literally, as my tribute to UFO show on Planet Rock radio was being broadcast, the news broke that Paul Raymond, their keyword player of many many years sadly died of a heart attack …They had just finished a very well received UK & Irish tour which was to be their last as Phil Mogg had announced his retirement from the band. It’s seems that things have come to a very sad & premature end. I’ve been saying for a long time now that a lot of our heroes are reaching an age where this sort of thing happens, but it’s still a shock when it does, very, very sad …. “

Raymond joined UFO in 1976 and contributed to the albums: Lights Out (released 1977) Obsession (released 1978), Strangers in the Night (released 1979) and No Place to Run (released 1980).

Jennifer Minor