Ray Boddington death: X Factor and Britain's Got Talent contestant dies after being hit by tram in Manchester

Natasha Sporn

Former X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent musician Ray Boddington has died a week after being struck by a tram in Manchester.

The popular street performer, who was a part of the Piccadilly Rats group, died in hospital surrounded by his family in the early hours of Thursday morning. He was 77.

He had been on life support since April 10, when he was hit by a tram in the city centre, but this was withdrawn last week.

His heartbroken son Daniel told the Manchester Evening News: “All of his family were there, at his bed.

“My dad would have wanted everybody in Manchester to know that he loved them all. I feel like my heart is shattered. I can't describe the way it feels.”

Boddington was part of the Piccadilly Rats, alongside founding member Gaz Stanley and friends Tommy Trouble, Alan Jones and Robert Branch.

On Thursday, Stanley paid tribute to his late “brother” with a short statement on his social media account.

“R I P MY BEST MATE MY BROTHER MY SUPERSTAR I WILL MISS YOU FOREVER GAZ,” he wrote alongside a picture of Boddington.

Shortly after the accident, Stanley had told MEN: “I am absolutely devastated. Over the years I have got really close to Ray he has ended up being like a brother to me.

“Even though I do the singing, Ray is the most popular by miles. He takes it so seriously – it is just great."

As well as performing on the streets of Manchester, the band had also played festivals including Parklife and Kendal Calling.