A well-known and popular Leicester musician has died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 50.
Lee Wood, known by his stage name of Easi-Lee, died on New Year’s Eve after suffering the heart attack three days before.
Lee’s long-term partner Safiya Patel, who has two daughters, aged 13 and six, with him, said: “He was a very, very special man.
“His daughters adored him and he adored them. We adored each other and had been together since I was 16 and he was 18.
“He was a great partner, dad, brother, musician and artist.”
Safiya said that Lee had a heart attack at home on December 28.
“I called an ambulance and he was taken to Glenfield Hospital. Three days later he died.
“It was totally out of the blue and he had no underlying medical problems and was fit and well.
“His brother and I were with him when he passed away. It was heartbreaking.
“I am having trouble accepting it at the moment.”
Lee was a member of the Leicester band hip hop band Fresh Beats Incorporated also known as The FBI Crew.
Long-time friend and fellow band member Ragzy said they formed the band while still at school – Moat Community College in Highfields.
“i have known Lee since we were about 14 and 15,” he said. “We hit it off an then we set about forming a hip hop band together.
“That got bigger and bigger and soon became Fresh Beast International. That became full on band with about 10 members in it.
“We played together on and off over the years. It was brilliant.
“We had a DJ and a rapper and the whole band.
“Lee got his nickname Easi-Lee at school because everything seemed to come easily to him.
“He was great at drawing and learned the drums and became very good on them. It all seemed so effortless for him.
“When he sang lots of people would stop him and tell him that he had a really soulful voice and they were right because he did.
“Lee could sing and rap and play the drums. He was so talented.
“Everyone on the Leicester music scene knew Lee and knew us.
“He will be sadly missed by a lot of people.”
Lee also sang and guested with other bands on the local scene.