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Will Champion

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Will Champion
Background information
Born (1978-07-31) 31 July 1978 (age 45)
Southampton, England
GenresAlternative rock
Occupation(s)Drummer, percusionist, musician
Instrumentsvocals, drums piano, violin, guitar, percussion, bass, banjo, keyboard, chimes, recorder, resonator, timpani, glockenspiel, vibraphone, gong
Years active1995-present
LabelsParlophone, Capitol

William "Will" Champion (born 31 July 1978) is the drummer for the English rock band Coldplay.

Personal life

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Champion's mother, Sara, died from cancer in 2000. Coldplay's debut album Parachutes was dedicated to her.[1]

Champion was the first Coldplay member to marry. He married Marianne Dark, a teacher, in 2003. Their first child, a girl named Ava, was born on 28 April 2006. On 7 May 2008, Marianne gave birth to fraternal twins Juno and Rex.[2]


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  1. Champion patron of CANCERactive, CANCERactive. Retrieved 8-15-11.
  2. McLean, Craig (2008-06-01). "'We're about to be fed to the lions'". The Guardian. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-03-18. Will Champion (father of a two-year-old and three-week-old twins).