The husband of British soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae, saxophone player Jason Rae, 31, was found dead Saturday in an apartment in Leeds, England. According to BBC News, a police spokesperson said officers arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs following the discovery of the body.
Police are awaiting toxicology reports on Rae, as the postmortem examination was inconclusive. Rae, the saxophone player in the funk band the Haggis Horns — who have played with Bailey Rae and Amy Winehouse — was scheduled to play a gig at a club in Leeds on Sunday.
BBC News reported that acclaimed singer Bailey Rae, 29, met Jason Rae while working in a coat-check room at a jazz club when she was an English literature student at Leeds University. They married in 2001. Her record label issued a statement on Sunday, saying, “EMI Records would like to offer its sincere condolences to Corinne Bailey Rae and the Rae family at this tragic time. … We ask that the media respect Corinne’s privacy and that of her entire family.”
The Times Online reported that Bailey Rae has always been adamant that she’s never taken drugs, and that earlier this year she was involved in a project for young people who were asked to use their songwriting talents in the war against drugs.
“Helping to raise awareness among teenagers about the danger of drugs is vital, and combining this with the chance to showcase local songwriting talent is a great idea,” she said at the time. “The impact of drugs in our local communities cannot be underestimated.”
The Haggis Horns released their debut album, Hot Damn!, in September and were slated to play a string of dates across England over the next few weeks.
Bailey Rae, who broke through in the U.S. in 2006 with her self-titled second album, was nominated for a 2008 Grammy for her song “Like a Star.” She was included on Herbie Hancock’s Grammy-winning River: The Joni Letters and is reportedly working on a new album.