The 26-year-old artist, born Martijn William Zimri Teerlinck in Lendelede, Belgium on March 31, 1987, passed away on December 10 following complications after surgery. The Child Of Lov worked with Damon Albarn and Doom on his self-titled debut album, which was released in June 2013 via Domino Records sister label Double Six. He was the recipient of NME’s Philip Hall Radar Award at the 2013 NME Awards.
A statement published on Domino Records’ website, reads: “It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Double 6 recording artist The Child of Lov. His talent and friendship are a heavy loss to us, but we will always carry the pride of having been involved in his short but particularly bright recording career.”
In May, all of The Child Of Lov’s scheduled live dates were cancelled, including a performance at Glastonbury. The singer, who began his career anonymously, was scheduled to perform at festivals including Benicassim and Bestival.
Speaking to NME at the time about the reasons behind his decision, he said: “Even though I do feel pressure to do a tour that involves some great festivals lately, I’ve come to realise that playing gigs cannot occupy a rewarding role if it is not exactly as I envisioned it, exactly as I want it, and exactly the way I know the audience deserves it.” He was due to perform at State-X in The Hague last night (December 14).
Blog: NME’s Radar feature with The Child Of Lov from November 2012.