The Child Of Lov has died, his manager has confirmed to NME.
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 from The Child Of Lov’s manager, Trey Reames, reads: “On behalf of the family and as his manager I must announce that Martijn Teerlinck, aka Cole Williams, aka The Child of Lov, aka Sun Patzer, is no longer with us. He lived a life of struggle and can now rest peacefully. In his own words: ‘When I was younger, I had a tough time physically. I have seen too many hospital beds. It made me stronger. Makes you realize death is always near, for anyone. And what a wonderful thing life is and how grateful we should be.'”
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 this weekend (December 14).
Scroll down to watch The Child Of Lov accept his Philip Hall Radar Award at the 2013 NME Awards in February.
Blog: NME’s Radar feature with The Child Of Lov from November 2012.