Matthew Jay, a rising British singer/songwriter, died on Sept. 24 after falling out of a seventh-story window in London. He was 24.
“His act would appear to have been an impulsive gesture following a professionally difficult year and perhaps, a difficult day,” said a statement from his record company, EMI.
Raised by folk musicians, Jay joined the family band when he was a child and started writing his own songs at 15. He released the demo, “Four Songs,” in January 2000 and another CD titled, “Friendly Fire,” six months later. Both were supported by local appearances.
Jay was signed by EMI, and released his debut album, “Draw,” in 2001. It was a critical success and lead to tours with Dido, Starsailor and Stereophonics.
Jay had recently enrolled for college. He left no suicide note.