Signe Anderson, original Jefferson Airplane singer, dies

The singer died aged 74 on Thursday (January 28)

Signe Anderson, the original vocalist for Jefferson Airplane, has died at the age of 74.

An official cause of death has not been given but Psychedelic Sight reports that Anderson had suffered health issues in recent years and her former band mate Jack Casady said she recently entered a hospice facility.

Anderson, who sang on the band’s 1966 debut ‘Jefferson Airplane Takes Off’, passed away on Thursday (January 28). Paul Kantner, the Californian group’s co-founder, vocalist and guitarist died on the same day from multiple organ failure. He was also 74.

The surviving members of the band took to social media to pay tribute to the singer.

“”One sweet lady has passed on. I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said ‘Hey what are you doing here? Let’s start a band’ and no sooner then said Spencer was there joining in!” singer Marty Balin wrote on Facebook, referring to the band’s late drummer Spencer Dryden. “Heartfelt thoughts to all their family and loved ones.”

SIGNE”One sweet Lady has passed on. I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said “Hey what are you doing…

Posted by Marty Balin on Saturday, 30 January 2016

Anderson joined Jefferson Airplane in 1965. After giving birth to her first child, she opted to part ways with the band the following year. Anderson was replaced by Great Society singer Grace Slick.