THE university where a 'local legend' of the East Lancashire music scene taught and studied has paid tribute to him after his death aged 32.

More tributes have poured in for Dr Jonathan Lindley, CEO of the town's Sunbird Records following his death on Tuesday from.

A spokesperson for the University of Huddersfield, where Jonathan worked said: "The news of Dr Jonathan Lindley’s death has left his colleagues and students at the University of Huddersfield devastated.

"He was a beloved friend and tutor, irrepressibly creative and effortlessly charismatic.

"Dr Jonathan Lindley began his career at the University of Huddersfield, studying a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design followed by an MA in Visual Communication.

"After a spell working as a freelance graphic designer and animator, he worked with many bands including Lightning Bolt, Rolo Tomassi, Enter Shikari, Drumcorps and AC4.

"Jonny became one of the first students to gain a full PhD scholarship in the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Huddersfield.

"For his doctoral thesis, working under the supervision of Professor Alex Coles, he re-imagined Sunbird Records as a case study exploring post-subcultural discourse.

"Jonny combined his academic duties as a Lecturer in the Department of Art and Communication with being the CEO of Sunbird Records.

Lancashire Telegraph: Floral tributes have been left outside Sunbird Records for Jonathan Lindley, who died on Tuesday

"He opened a venue and recording studio in Darwen to nurture alternative and upcoming talent and continue his research in post-subculture, independence and neo-tribalism – often giving professional design opportunities to students.

"He was a much loved friend to many people at the University and an irreplaceable tutor.

"His loss will be deeply felt by his colleagues, his students and his many creative associates."

A tribute from staff at Darwen Library Theatre read: "We were saddened to hear the news about the untimely death of Jonathan Lindley.

"Jonny, as he was better known, has been involved in the Darwen music scene for some time and was part of the team that established Sunbird Records – both the venue and the record label.

"He was a strong supporter of youth and new acts and different genres of music being introduced to a new audience.

"We, at the Library Theatre, were recently in discussions with him about providing rehearsal and safe performance space, something we hope to develop further.

"The outpouring of affection for him on social media from everybody involved in the Darwen music scene has been immense.

"We have the utmost respect for everything that has been built at Sunbird.

"It is, and will continue to be a testament to Jonny and the team’s passion for creation and inclusivity and we share your beliefs wholeheartedly.

"Our thoughts go out to his dad, Steven, who again has been massively involved in establishing Darwen as a go to town for new music for a long long time, and the rest of his family, friends and colleagues."

Jonathan died in Royal Blackburn Hospital on Tuesday after several months of struggling with auto-immune hepatitis.