Jonathan Fire*Eater’s Stewart Lupton has died, aged 43

RIP.

Stewart Lupton, the lead singer of cult Indie band Jonathan Fire*Eater, has died at the age of 43.

Lupton’s family has confirmed his passing, but an official cause of death is yet to be revealed.

He initially formed Jonathan Fire*Eater in 1993, with the band playing an instrumental role in New York’s rock scene before their split in 1998.

An early version of the band first formed in the early 90s in Washington DC as the Ignobles, before a move to New York saw extensive line-up changes, with Lupton taking on vocals.

Thank you so much for your tributes to this beautiful artist. I love hearing what he meant to other people. Stewart inspires me endlessly and is so dearly missed 🥀🥀 🖤#StewartLupton ・・・ My cousin, the inimitable Stewart Lupton. An inspiration through the ages. Through my ages. I remember clinging to your leg in a princess costume. I remember flipping through @seventeen, seeing your face and saving the issue in a special stack on my bookshelf. I remember the thrill when you told me you liked my music choice on the day we buried grandad. I remember @catpowerofficial at @930club and my first night in NYC with you guiding the way – a Times Square blur all the way to Redhook. Had no idea where I was but trusted you to lead me. You have led me in such profound ways, even in distance, even in silence, even without knowing or meaning to. Your overwhelming, gut-wrenching genius even you don't understand. It has been a strong beacon of inspiration since I was a child. Sometimes it confuses you, and me. But I always stand in awe of you. I celebrate you, cuz. Because you give more to me and so many others than I think you know. 💖💖💖💖 #childballads #jonathanfireeater

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The group released their self-titled debut in 1995, before moving to a major label for 1997’s Wolf Songs for Lambs, although internal disagreements led to them breaking up a year later.

Three members of the band later went on to form the Walkmen.

In later life, Lupton studied poetry at George Washington University and formed the band Child Ballads.

Posting on Instagram, cousin Sarah Lupton wrote: “You have led me in such profound ways, even in distance, even in silence, even without knowing or meaning to.

“Your overwhelming, gut-wrenching genius even you don’t understand. It has been a strong beacon of inspiration since I was a child. Sometimes it confuses you, and me. But I always stand in awe of you. I celebrate you, cuz. Because you give more to me and so many others than I think you know.”