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Big Country star laid to rest

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Adamson formed The Skids but hit the big time with Big Country.  

DUNFERMLINE, Scotland -- The funeral of rock star Stuart Adamson, who found fame with the band Big Country, has taken place in his home town in Scotland.

Adamson's manager said around 50 close friends and family attended the private service at a crematorium in Dunfermline on the east coast of Scotland on Saturday.

The former Big Country lead singer and guitarist, 43, was found dead earlier this month in a Honolulu hotel room of an apparent suicide.

"It was a simple service, with words from Stuart's uncle on behalf of the family and from me, on behalf of the band," said manager Ian Grant.

"Stuart touched many people's lives and will be greatly missed."

A minute's silence in memory of the musician was held by players and supporters at Dunfermline Football Club's stadium on Saturday before the game with Aberdeen.

Big Country had hits in the 1980s with "In a Big Country" and "Fields of Fire." The group was nominated for two Grammys, best new artist and best song, in 1984.

Adamson moved to Nashville, Tennessee in around 1997 and was reported missing from his home there last month.

His body was found on December 16 at the Plaza Hotel in Honolulu. An autopsy determined the cause of death was asphyxia due to hanging, according to the Honolulu medical examiner's office.

Honolulu police told Reuters a maid discovered Adamson's body with a rope around his neck and tied to a pole in the closet.

After the body was found, Grant said: "I have just lost one of the finest people I have ever worked with or been lucky enough to know. He was a great guy and, I know there will be a lot of people will feel the same way."

British media said Adamson had been fighting alcoholism.

Big Country sold more than 10 million records, had seven hit albums and 17 top 30 singles in Britain, the group's publicist said.

Born in Manchester, north-west England and brought up in Scotland, Adamson's early career began in Fife, Scotland in the 1970s when he formed punk band The Skids.

Adamson went on to form Big Country in the early 1980s.


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