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West End musician Steve McManus dies

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West End musician Steve McManus, whose credits included Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Witches of Eastwick, has died aged 48.

The musician, who played bass and double bass, had been battling cancer for the last five years and died on Sunday.

As well as performing in the orchestra pit on many West End shows, including Betty Blue Eyes, McManus also featured on the soundtracks for films and television productions including Torchwood, Doctor Who and The Hunger Games.

Tributes have been paid to the musician, with musical supervisor and orchestrator Mike Dixon writing on Twitter that he would be “very, very missd”.

Meanwhile, Caroline Sheen, who appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Witches of Eastwick, described him as a “cheerful, fun and talented man”.

“The wonderful soul Steve McManus has left us way too soon. Such sadness,” she wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Bonnie Langford tweeted: “Shocked and sad to hear [about the] loss of Steve McManus. A great player, a sweet and funny man.”

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