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R.E.M call it a day


Members of legendary US rock band REM have announced they are splitting up after 31 years.


"We have decided to call it a day as a band," the band said. "To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening."


The group found fame with a string of albums, notably 90s hits Out of Time and Automatic for the People.


The band's website was unavailable on Wednesday afternoon after the announcement was made.


REM's latest album, Collapse into Now, was released in March 2011. It was their 15th studio album.


The group was originally made up of singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and Bill Berry, who left the band in 1996.


The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

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