The Fall’s Mark E. Smith has died – music world pays tribute

Tim Burgess, Billy Bragg and Liam Gallagher have all paid their respects to the post-punk icon

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.”

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”.

Check out a selection of other tributes shared on Twitter.

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Writer John Niven shared an amusing recollection about Smith’s relationship with Morrissey.

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.