The Fall’s Mark E. Smith has died

The band's manager says "a more detailed statement will follow in the next few days".

The Fall‘s Mark E. Smith 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 to a Twitter account for fans of the band.

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.

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.

Salford-born Smith formed The Fall in 1976 after attending a Sex Pistols gig at the Manchester Free Trade Hall. They released their debut EP ‘Bingo-Master’s Break Out!’ two years later and would go on to become one of the most influential post-punk bands. Ever prolific, The Fall eventually released 32 studio albums, the most recent being last year’s ‘New Facts Emerge’.

Smith was the band’s only constant member, performing alongside more than 60 different musicians over the years. BBC Radio 1’s John Peel, a longtime champion of the band, once said of them: “They are always different, they are always the same.”

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.

Outside of The Fall, Smith collaborated with Gorillaz on the track ‘Glitter Freeze’ and made a cameo appearance in the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People. His acclaimed autobiography, ‘Renegade: The Lives And Tales Of Mark E. Smith’, was published in 2008.