Cortesía Universal Music
People Staff
January 15, 2008 AT 12:00 PM EST

Argentinean rock band Babasónicos posted the sad news on their website: bass player Gabriel Mannelli died Saturday morning after losing a battle to an invasive disease he’d been fighting for some time. He was 38.

“Those of us lucky enough to know him will miss him a lot,” the group’s homepage reads.

Saddened by the unfortunate news, the band members expressed: “We will certainly remember him as someone who was different, who, among many other things, dedicated himself to making the world a place with more art.”

The band, which formed in the ’90s, will head to London in February to start working on what will be their ninth album.

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