We are saddened to hear about the passing of Pete Shelley, lead singer/guitarist of the innovating UK punk band the Buzzcocks. He was 63-years-old. BBC reports his cause of death was from a suspected heart attack, however, nothing has been confirmed at this time. The group were formed back in the 70s and are one of the original punk bands and has held a significant influence throughout the years. The group’s management told the BBC that Shelley died earlier today (6th) in Estonia where he was living.
The band confirmed the news issuing the following statement:
“It’s with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK’s most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks. Pete’s music has inspired generations of musicians over a career that spanned five decades and with his band and as a solo artist, he was held in the highest regard by the music industry and by his fans around the world.
A more detailed statement will follow.”
Our thoughts go out to Shelley’s family, friends, and bandmates during this difficult time.