POWER pop guitarist Adam Johnstone has died after a four-year long battle with cancer.
His brother Dave, and bandmate in Australian band Romero, shared the tragic news on Instagram.
Dave posted several photos of Adam performing, and enjoying himself with family and friends, as well as a heart-wrenching tribute.
He wrote: "It is with immense sadness that I share the news of our beloved Adam Johnstone, who passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family and friends on October 17.
"He was my brother, bandmate and best friend for my whole life, and I am left incomplete now that he is gone,
"He has fought so hard over the past 5 years and more than anyone deserves the peaceful rest and eternal sunshine of whatever lies beyond.
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"Adam had been battling cancer since 2019, but he never let it define him or determine his memory.
"He recorded the Romero album while in various stages of treatment, and remained tough (and vegan) until the very end."
Adam and Dave grew up in Melbourne and started playing music from a very early age.
They spent their childhood jamming in their basement, with Dave having naturally gravitated towards the drums and Adam opting for an electric guitar.
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They began with covers of Blink-182 and Rancid, but soon expanded their repertoire by producing their own songs.
By 2018, they had become founding members of the Melbourne-based band Romero.
The late guitarist, alongside drummer brother Dave released their debut studio album 'Turn It On!' in spring last year.
Towards the end of year, the brothers had already sold out shows in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.
A memorial for Adam, entitled 'Adam Johnstone's Last Hurrah' was held on October 27.
Dave also pleaded with their fans to continue to celebrate Adam's life by listening to his song-writing and guitar mastery.
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