The singer, who worked with the Michael Schenker Group and Crimson Glory, lost his life on Tuesday (17Nov15).

It's still unclear how the accident occurred, but a statement from his family has confirmed the sad news.

It reads: "The immediate family of Dave Van Landing asks for your understanding and respect as we deal with the loss of David. The family will make an announcement once more details are known and arrangements are made. He was a great friend and touched so many millions of lives through his music and his kindness."

Van Landing started out as a member of Mannekin in the 1980s and hit the road with Tony MACAlpine on his Eyes Of The World tour shortly after Mannekin split in 1990. He toured with Crimson Glory 1993 and formed Erotic Liquid Culture before winning the frontman role for the Michael Schenker Group in the mid-1990s.

Paying tribute to his former vocalist on Wednesday (18Nov15), Michael Schenker said, "Today we were told the very sad news that David Van Landing passed away in a traffic accident early yesterday morning. We are all lost for words at such a sudden tragic event taking David away from us.

"We last performed together in the USA in 2012, but had planned a special show together on the Axes And Anchors cruise in February 2016. He will be deeply missed. A great voice and a charming man. My condolences go out to his family and many friends."