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The Fall’s Mark E. Smith has died – music world pays tribute
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Prominent figures from the world of music and pop culture have paid tribute to The Fall‘s Mark E. Smith, who 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 earlier today (January 24).

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.”

The day I've been dreading.

"It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith. He passed this morning at home…. 1/2

— Fall news (@fallnews) January 24, 2018

"… A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time." 2/2

Pam Van Damned The Fall – manager

— Fall news (@fallnews) January 24, 2018

His cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess is among the many paying their respects on Twitter, calling Smith a “genius” and a “true uncompromising musical maverick”.

So so sad to hear that we’ve lost Mark E Smith. A true uncompromising musical maverick. A genius, a curmudgeon and someone whose company it was an honour to share. So long M.E.S x x x pic.twitter.com/aZFGNXZuRW

— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) January 24, 2018

Check out a selection of other tributes shared on Twitter.

R.I.P. Mark E. Smith and thanks for the music https://t.co/kHklkkPJgZ

— Andy Bell (@Andybebop) January 24, 2018

Oh man. Mark E Smith. One of my biggest heroes. Had a nightmare interviewing him (of course) but then he put me in a song. So sharp, clever and untouchably cool. Thanks for the music, MES.

— Lauren Laverne (@laurenlaverne) January 24, 2018

First we lost Ursula Le Guin, then Hugh Masekela, now Mark E Smith. Been a tough week for cultural icons.

— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) January 24, 2018

Mark E Smith. An artist that knew no compromise. A total one off and original. What a legend. pic.twitter.com/SEnQM5lvVn

— Paddy Considine ☠️ (@PaddyConsidine) January 24, 2018

So very sad. Goodbye Mark. E. Smith. It was good knowing you

— Lisa Stansfield (@lisajstansfield) January 24, 2018

No bigger character than Mark E Smith in Manc music history – a colossus – the rest just chancers and careerists in comparison

— terry christian (@terrychristian) January 24, 2018

Meanwhile, writer John Niven shared an amusing recollection about Smith’s relationship with Morrissey.

Of the many reasons to love Mark E. Smith the fact that back in the day he would relentlessly greet Morrissey with a cheery 'Hello Steven!' has to be right up there.

— John Niven (@NivenJ1) January 24, 2018

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Smith’s cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Last August The Fall were forced to cancel a US tour after frontman Smith was hospitalised with problems affecting his throat, mouth, and respiratory system. When the band returned to the stage for a series of UK shows in November, Smith performed in a wheelchair.

In a 2011 interview, Suede’s Brett Anderson hailed Smith as a “huge, huge influence”, telling The Quietus that he and Elastica’s Justine Frischmann were “obsessed” with the frontman.

25/01/2018 00:11:59
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