Toshio, a founding member of the band Plastics, passed away after a battle with oesophageal cancer at a hospital in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday (25Feb17).

An announcement on Toshio's Facebook page confirmed his death, which came just five months after being diagnosed with the disease.

Plastics found fame outside its home country thanks to gaining a number of influential fans among the new wave groups of the late 1970s and early 1980s, including members of Talking Heads, The B-52's and Devo.

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne was particularly instrumental in promoting the band, taking them under his wing after Toshio, who also worked as a graphic designer, designed a tour programme for the group.

After Plastics disbanded in 1982, Toshio moved to New York City, recording an album with his new band Melon. He was married to Chica Sato, a vocalist in both groups.

The couple also helped popularise hip hop culture and graffiti art in Japan, with Toshio recording music rap material with his band Major Force and under the names Tycoon To$h and Typhoom Tosh.

His funeral will be held on 5 March (17).