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Drummer Rob Heaton (b.1961) drove New Model Army's distinctive percussive sound. In his 15 years with NMA, he co-wrote a number of their biggest tunes, including 'Green and Grey'. A successful brain tumour operation in 1998 saw him leave the band. More recently, he encouraged young Bradford based musicians through his Fresh Milk development project and recorded with the Gardeners of Eden. He died of pancreatic cancer on November 4 2004.