Mark E. Smith, frontman of English post-punk stalwarts The Fall, has died aged 60.
In a statement, the band’s manager Pam Vander says Smith passed away at home this morning.
“It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith,” Vander writes.
“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.”
While a cause of death is yet to be announced, Smith was hospitalised last year for what was referred to as “bizarre and rare medical issues… connected to his throat, mouth/dental & respiratory system”.
Smith formed The Fall in 1976, after seeing a Sex Pistols show in Manchester. His final album with the group was last year’s New Facts Emerge, which was The Fall’s 32nd studio album.
The singer also released two solo albums, and made headlines in 1998 after being arrested for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend and bandmate, Julie Nagle.