(MANDATORY CREDIT Ebet Roberts/Getty Images) UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of AVERAGE WHITE BAND; Molly Duncan of the Average White Band performing at Trax in New York City on July 24. 1978 (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

Molly passed away after a battle with cancer (Picture: Redferns)

Malcolm ‘Molly’ Duncan, the saxophonist for funk band Average White Band, has died at age 74.

The musician had been battling cancer before tragically passing away.

The Scottish band paid tribute to their friend on social media, writing: ‘We are saddened to learn of the passing of our old friend and tenor player, Molly Duncan.

‘He had a recent bout with cancer, and so one half of the ‘Dundee Horns’ is with us no more.

Average White Band's Molly Duncan

The band announced the sad news (Picture: Facebook)

‘His was the world-famous sax solo on Pick Up The Pieces, but apart from that he was one of the funniest and most charming people you could ever meet.

‘He was a founding member of the band – also from Dundee Art College, as are Roger Ball and Alan Gorrie – and will be sorely missed.

‘His son, Dan, was with him at the end, and our condolences are with him and other family members.’

The star and his bandmate Roger Ball were known as the Dundee Horns after attending art college in the city in together.

Average White Band formed back in 1972, going on to release hits like Pick Up The Pieces and School Boy Crush.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - 1st JANUARY: Scottish funk group Average White Band perform live on stage at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1976. L-R: Hamish Stuart, Roger Ball, Malcolm Duncan and Alan Gorrie. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

The late star’s friends have been paying tribute (Picture: Redferns)

Fans and friends of the late star have been sharing tributes on social media, with fellow funk band James Brown Is Annie writing: ‘Sad news this morning. It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of our good friend, Malcolm ‘Molly’ Duncan.

‘A legendary Scottish musician with Average White Band, Molly took us under his wing when he produced our first album. A fine man, a good soul, a rare talent.’

‘Gutted to hear my pal, Molly Duncan, has passed away. A Scottish, soul-funk legend,’ another friend of the star wrote.

‘I once asked him about his iconic solo on AWB’s Pick Up The Pieces: “10am on a Sunday morning. Hungover. One take & I was out of there.” Classic Mol’. A true gentleman, a kind spirit.’

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