Tuesday 18 September 2018

Tubular Bells star Mike Oldfield thanks fans for tributes to son after his sudden death


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Composer Mike Oldfield has thanked fans for their messages of support after the sudden death of his eldest son Dougal.

The 33-year-old collapsed and died while working as an editing assistant at a film production company in Soho, London.

Police initially treated the death as unexplained, but a post-mortem has reportedly confirmed he died of natural causes.

The 62-year-old musician released a family statement in which he said: "The family are touched by the messages of love and support. They do ask that the family's privacy be respected at this difficult time."

Oldfield had Dougal with his second wife Sally Cooper. He had an elder sister Molly, a younger brother Luke and four half-siblings.

Oldfield had two children with Norwegian singer Anita Hegerland and two sons with Fanny Vandekerckhove, a French horse breeder who he married in 2003. They have since divorced.

Oldfield is best-known for his 1973 instrumental hit Tubular Bells.

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