INVERCLYDE'S music scene is in mourning following the tragic death of a young father and band lead singer.

Andy Pickett, who was the talented frontman of Greenock act TheSocial, died suddenly at the weekend.

Andy was a popular figure who had many friends across Inverclyde and tributes have been pouring in.

Greenock police say the 38-year-old's body was discovered just after 2pm on Saturday at his home on Carwood Street.

Friends have been left shocked by the tragedy and have paid touching tributes to the young dad on social media, publicly sharing memories of his kindness and friendship.

In one post on Facebook, Andy's close friend Liam Munro said: "Rest easy big man.

"It was an absolute honour being your best mate.

"We will all miss you like the brother you were.

"If anyone was ever lucky enough to spend just minutes with Pickett, you knew you had a friend for life."

Another pal, Jeff Winslow, who now lives in the United States, added: "I’m really going to miss the laughs when we went for our private pint when I was home, Andy.

"Miss you already.

"Rest easy brother."

Andy's band have played all over Inverclyde and beyond and they were due to take to the stage at the Happy Daze festival in Millport in June before the COVID-19 outbreak happened and restrictions caused the event to be cancelled.

His bandmate Bryan Power said on Facebook: "I didn't just gain a bandmate in February 2018, I gained what would turn out to be one of my best friends who would always have my back.

"Rest easy Andy, until we meet again."

Local promoters B12 Entertainment said online: "RIP to our friend Andy Pickett, lead singer of TheSocial.

"Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this tragic time."

Inverclyde musician Anthony McElwee was on the same bill as Andy and his bandmates at a gig in Glasgow last year and said he was stunned by his friend and fellow musician's death.

He posted: "Lost for words.

"May your soul be at peace.

"From blethers in the town to sharing the stage at gigs, all good memories.

"Fly high Andy Pickett."

Police say that the sudden death is not being treated as suspicious and that a report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal who will decide on a post mortem.