Alan Wass, friend and collaborator of Pete Doherty, dies in hospital age 33

Left Hand and The Lipstick Melodies musician died of a heart attack after severing an artery in fall earlier this year

Alan Wass, a close friend and collaborator of The Libertines’ Pete Doherty, has died in hospital.

Wass, 33, died in hospital after suffering a heart attack, the Standard reports.

In a separate, unrelated incident Wass fell through a glass partition at his London home in February.


The guitarist, who regularly performed with Doherty and The Libertines as well as having his own band, The Lipstick Melodies, suffered heavy blood loss after severing an artery and two nerves in his right arm during the fall.

Wass’ manager Tony Rowe paid tribute to him on Facebook: “RIP Genius, beautiful man, friend and a very special individual character, privileged to have been a close friend and shared his life, music and dreams… Love you Alan!”

In 2010 Wass was spared jail following the death of Robin Whitehead. Whitehead died from a heroin overdose while making a film about Doherty.

Footage of Wass smoking crack cocaine hours before her death was discovered by police investigating what happened to Whitehead. He was convicted of possessing crack cocaine and given a three-year conditional discharge, while Doherty was sent to jail on similar charges.

Prior to performing with The Lipstick Melodies, Wass fronted Left Hand. Pete Doherty and Babyshambles regularly covered their song ‘Hired Gun’ during live shows. See below for footage of Doherty and Wass perform the song together for MTV in Germany.