The frontman of an East Lancashire band has died aged just 27.

Jack Anwyl fronted duo, Bad Cardigan, and more recently, Fighting Rhythm, who supported The Levellers on tour last year.

Jack died on Wednesday with his passing announced on social media on Thursday.

Following the sad news, hundreds paid tribute to the 'huge character with a massive personality'.

His band, Fighting Rhythm released a statement on their Facebook page on Thursday night, which read: "It’s with unbelievable sadness that we have to share the desperately sad news that our great friend, brother, joker, confidante, supremely talented frontman and all around beautiful human being, Jack Anwyl, who we all dearly loved, passed away yesterday.

"We’ve spoken with his close family and they’ve encouraged everyone whoever met the icon to share memories, photos and videos of him.

"Those who knew him know that he loved to laugh (and share videos of himself performing with The Levellers).

"It goes without saying that a huge void has been left in all of our lives.

"Love Russ, Sean, Dale and all his close friends x."

Friend Sol Wallbank wrote: "Heartbreaking news about our friend Jack Anwyl today.

"Had some top nights out and holidays with this lad. Known you since we were kids.

"You will be so sadly missed, I hope you knew how loved you were.

"My heart breaks for your family. Rest easy."

Pete Eastwood said: "I am deeply saddened to hear the devastating news that Jack Anwyl has sadly passed away. Jack was a huge character with a massive personality.

"I always really liked Jack and found him to be talented, friendly, and respectful with myself, and he always proudly reminded me that Bad Cardigan were the very first band to perform at Night At The Museum Live at Blackburn Museum.

"I am gutted and know for sure that he will be massively missed by so so many people, who I know loved him.

"My thoughts and love go out to Jack’s family, and all his many friends."

His cousin, Ava Smith wrote: "I don’t even want to process this, my baby cousin, you brought so much laughter to my life and the lives of everyone that knew you, I love you my little limoncello head."

A spokesperson for Burnley Empire Theatre said: "We are truly sorry to hear of the passing of Jack Anwyl from Fighting Rhythm, who kindly performed as part of Bad Cardigan at our very first fundraising event in June 2016.

"Back then our hopes and dreams of saving the Burnley Empire had just begun.

"Jack's band performed for free and donated money from merchandise sales on the night and for that, we will always be grateful for his services towards saving and reopening the Burnley Empire."