Wales

Tribute single helps partner after Stuart Cable's death

The partner of Stuart Cable says working with his bandmates on a tribute single has given her a "focus" following his death.

Rachel Jones, 33, is helping promote Killing for Company's download-only single Former Mining Town, which is being released on Sunday.

She said the drummer's death in June was still "raw" but being involved with his band was "my saving grace".

All the song's proceeds will be given to a cancer charity and a hospice.

Cable, 40, was found dead at his home in Llwydcoed, Aberdare, on 7 June. Tests are being carried out to establish the cause of death.

His funeral led to thousands of people lining the streets.

Ms Jones, who was also Cable's agent, said: "Being his agent and his partner, I'm used to having phone calls all day long, every day, and it wasn't just the fact he's passed away - everything stopped.

"Of course I had hundreds of calls and emails but I'm so used to working so much, it's a 24/7 job - you're always on the go.

"For the guys [in the band] to say 'we need you to do this with us' was my saving grace.

"I still have awful down days like we all do but now I've got a focus."

Ms Jones said Cable was very proud of an album his band had recorded, which had been due to be released on the day of his death.

'Very raw'

The Former Mining Town track from the album had been one of his favourites, she added.

"I'm still adjusting to not having him around. It's still very, very raw," she said.

"We expect him to walk through the door like he's just been to the shops or something.

"We do a lot of our grieving in private with the band. When one starts, the other starts. I maybe break down and have a moment, then someone else will.

"We're doing this for him as a final tip of the hat. I know it's very cliched but it's what he would've wanted us to do."

Proceeds from the sale of the single will go to Ty Hafan hospice and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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