Mark E Smith, the eccentric frontman of Manchester post-punk band The Fall, has died at the age of 60.
The band’s manager Pam Vander a.k.a. Pam Van Damned broke the sad news in a statement to a Twitter account for fans of the band.
She said: “It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith. He passed this morning at home. A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time.”
In August last year, The Fall cancelled shows in New York and Louisville, Kentucky, after Smith was hospitalised for issues relating to his throat, mouth and respiratory system.
Smith’s cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
Smith, a prolific musician, formed the Fall in 1976 in Prestwich after attending a Sex Pistols gig at the Manchester Free Trade Hall. He was the only constant member of the band which had more than 66 other members over the years. The Fall released their 32nd studio album, New Facts Emerge, last year and played London’s 100 Club in July; however, Smith performed from a wheelchair in Wakefield in October.