One of the finest exponents of early '80s dance music...

Electronic pioneer FRANK TOVEY, aka FAD GADGET has died.

Tovey, who was regarded alongside Cabaret Voltaire and Human League as one of the finest exponents of the early ’80s electronic dance movement in the UK, died at his home on April 3.

A statement has been issued, that reads: “It is with great regret that Mute announces the news that Frank Tovey aka Fad Gadget died on Wednesday 3rd April 2002 at his home in London of heart failure. Frank had suffered from heart problems since his childhood.”

Daniel Miller, head of Mute said: “Frank was the first artist I ever worked with on Mute, he made some very special and influential records and was an exceptional live performer. Frank played a big part in helping to lay the foundations of what the label was to become in the ensuing years, I will miss him greatly.”

Tovey’s career was still active at the time of his passing. In more recent years he had been releasing records under his own name for Mute, and was working on new material.

He was also still touring, securing the support slot on labelmates Depeche Mode‘s recent European tour.