Stewart Lupton, the former frontman of New York indie rock band Jonathan Fire*Eater, has died.
The influential artist, who helped pave the way for bands like Interpol and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, was 43. The cause of his death remains unclear.
Lupton’s cousin Sarah Lupton and singer-songwriters Alison Mosshart and Cat Power are among those who have paid tribute online.
“Stewart, we will always remember you, love you, and sing your songs,” said Mosshart.
“You are gone too soon, but not without leaving great beauty in your wake. It is with such deep sadness to lose you. You inspired the fuck out of me.”
Read their tributes below.
Jonathan Fire*Eater formed in 1993, and featured Lupton alongside Tom Frank (bass), Paul Maroon (guitar and pedal steel), Matt Barrick (drums) and Walter Martin (organs, keyboards).
The group released their self-titled debut album in 1995 and their second album Wolf Songs for Lambs in 1997.
After the band’s breakup in 1998, Maroon, Barrick and Martin went on to form The Walkmen. Lupton later formed a new band called The Child Ballads.
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RIP Stewart Lupton. Endless sad news these days.
— HOOKWORMS (@HOOKWORMS) May 28, 2018