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Rob Thomas mourns Matchbox Twenty manager

Cover Media logo Cover Media 02/01/2018

Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas has paid tribute to the band's manager Jason Browning, who has died aged 46.

Browning, who began his career working as a security guard for the band, as well as other acts including Hanson, Marilyn Manson, Carlos Santana and Linkin Park, passed away on Tuesday (26Dec17). His cause of death has not been announced.

In a tribute posted on his Facebook page, Thomas wrote, "Jason was larger than life. He was fearless. He was a giant walking and talking heart that Mari (Thomas' wife) and I have spent the last 19 years discovering life with.

"Everyone in our circle is completely numb and even when most of the numbness wears off and we can process our grief there will always be a part of us that is missing from this day on. We send our love and our prayers to his family to get through this. We love you, Biggie. R.I.P."

After working as a security guard for Matchbox Twenty, Browning became Thomas' tour and day-to-day manager before taking on similar duties with the group. He also managed other bands including Stone Temple Pilots.

Continuing his tribute in another Facebook post, the singer shared, "If a man can be measured by the amount of people he leaves behind who will think about him, then he was a giant. To say he will be missed doesn't come close."

Rob Thomas posing for the camera © Provided by Cover Media

On Twitter, bandmate Paul Doucette added, "I loved him dearly and will miss him terribly. RIP Sir."

Thomas also relayed a message from Browning's family asking well-wishers to donate to the Sidewalk Angels Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting animal shelters.

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