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Tributes paid to singer-songwriter Bap Kennedy

Bap Kennedy passed away yesterday
Bap Kennedy passed away yesterday

Tributes have been paid online to the late Belfast singer/songwriter Martin Christopher 'Bap' Kennedy.

The 54-year-old passed away on Tuesday evening after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year.

A message posted on his Facebook page read: 

The Energy Orchard front-man had finished recording a new album, Reckless Heart, when he was diagnosed with the disease.

Bap revealed his illness on a blog, writing: "I didn't know how many people have been touched by my songs.

"It's breaking my heart to find out now when I have so little time to do anything about it - but I am also very happy to feel the achievement. 

"I always wanted people to feel what I feel. The magic of music."

Tributes were paid to the star, who collaborated with Van Morrison and Steve Earle, on social media today.