The Belfast native, who had collaborated with Van Morrison, Shane MACGowan and Mark Knopfler, confirmed he was battling cancer in May (16) and later underwent a major operation to remove the disease from his pancreas and bowel.

However, medics were unable to remove all of the cells and he revealed his condition was terminal at the start of August (16). Bap was subsequently admitted to a hospice, where he passed away on Tuesday evening (01Nov16).

"We are devastated to announce that Bap passed away this evening. Bap was extremely brave until the end," a representative wrote on his Facebook page. "We would like to thank everybody for their kind messages of support over the past few months, these meant a lot to Bap and (wife) Brenda and helped Bap stay positive throughout his illness.

"We are also extremely grateful to all the staff at the Marie Curie hospice for their kindness and warmheartedness during his stay."

Bap, real name Martin Christopher Kennedy, is also known for being the frontman of band Energy Orchard, which split in the late '90s after five albums, his solo record releases, and his song Moonlight Kiss, which was used on the soundtrack for Kate Beckinsale's 2001 romantic comedy Serendipity.

He kept fans up to date on his health on his blog and finished recording his solo album Reckless Heart, which is due for release in December (16).