Bandmates today paid tribute to former Primal Scream star Robert "Throb" Young calling him a "beautiful and deeply soulful man", following the guitarist's death.

The musician, who played on hits such as Rocks and the band's Mercury Prize-winning album Screamadelica, spent more than two decades in the rock act before leaving in 2006.

He was found at his home in Hove, East Sussex, on Tuesday and the death is not being treated as suspicious by police.

Young was a Glasgow schoolfriend of Primal Scream frontman and mainstay Bobby Gillespie and he was a founding member, initially playing bass when they formed in the early 1980s.

Their inclusion among the "C86" bands who featured on an album compiled by music paper NME with the track Velocity Girl helped them to establish a measure of fame among indie fans, but disappointing sales of debut album Sonic Flower Groove, led to a rethink and he went on to play guitar.

The band - who went on to establish a hellraised reputation - went on to embrace hypnotic dance music for Screamadelica, but returned repeatedly to guitar rock.

In a statement Gillespie and Scream guitarist Andrew Innes said: "We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young.

"A beautiful and deeply soulful man. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers, In the words of Johnny Marr: 'Throb with a gold top Les Paul - unbeatable'.

"He was a true rock and roller. He walked the walk. He had Heart & Soul tattooed on his arm and I'm sure on his heart too.

"He once said to me 'when we go onstage it's a war between us and the audience'. He never let go of that attitude.

"Our love and thoughts are with his sons Brandon and Miles and their mother Jane, his wife Rachel, and his immediate family."

Writer Irvine Welsh, Liam Gallagher and Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess are also among those who have spoken warmly of Young.

Trainspotting author Welsh said of him: "One of the best, the most beautiful, who WAS rock n roll. Big love bro, give them it big time over the other side."

Beady Eye singer Gallagher, who shared the same record label Creation for many years, said on Twitter, "Live Forever", while Burgess called him "a real good un".

Andy Bell, the former Oasis bass player who is now in Beady Eye alongside Gallagher, wrote on Twitter: "That big power chord in Loaded is ringing out on the other side now."