Singer's husband dies of suspected overdose

THE husband of chart-topping Leeds singer Corinne Bailey Rae has died of a suspected drugs overdose. Saxophonist Jason Rae, 31, was found dead at a flat in the Hyde Park area of the city.

West Yorkshire Police said officers investigating his death arrested a 32-year-old man at the flat on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs but he was later released on bail pending further inquiries.

A post mortem carried out on the musician's body proved inconclusive and police are now awaiting toxicology test reports.

It is not thought the singer was in the flat at the time.

The musician was originally from Scotland but had lived in Leeds with his wife for many years after the couple met at jazz club The Wardrobe.

He was the saxophonist with the Haggis Horns, a funk band who were due to perform at the city's Hi Fi Club last night. A spokesman said the gig had been cancelled but did not give any further details.

The couple were married seven years ago, when the singer was just 22.

She has always declared herself anti-drugs and earlier this year helped West Yorkshire Police promote a song-writing competition to get teenagers to say no to illegal substances.

She said at the time: "Helping raise awareness among teenagers about the danger of drugs is vital and combining this with the chance to showcase local song-writing talent is a great idea."

When her career took off and she became one of the most successful female singers in years, she demanded record company bosses allow her to return to her husband in Leeds at least 20 nights of each month.

The Haggis Horns also earned acclaim, performing and recording with leading artists, including Corinne Bailey Rae, 29.

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