Stuart Adamson, 43, whose band had a number of global hits in the 1980s, was found dead in Hawaii Sunday, his manager Ian Grant said.

“I have just lost one of the finest people I have ever worked with or been lucky enough to know,” Grant said in a statement released on his Web site.

“Stuart Adamson was found dead in a hotel room in Hawaii yesterday,” Grant said. “I have no more news other than that at present.”

British media reported that Adamson had been fighting alcoholism.

Big Country’s anthemic, guitar-driven sound led to a string of hits in the 1980s, including “In a Big Country” and “Fields of Fire.”

The band sold more than 10 million records, had seven hit albums and 17 top 30 singles in the United Kingdom, according to the group’s publicist.

Adamson left the public eye and moved to the United States in the late 1990s.

Widespread press speculation regarding his health was sparked in November 1999 when he failed to turn up for a U.K. concert supporting Canadian singer Bryan Adams.

Born in Manchester in northwest England and brought up in Scotland, Adamson’s early career began in Fife, Scotland, in the 1970s when he formed punk band The Skids.

He went on to form Big Country in the early 1980s.

The band earned two Grammy Award nominations for the 1983 album The Crossing and went on to tour with the Rolling Stones.