Punk pioneer Willy DeVille dies

The Mink Deville frontman was 58

Willy DeVille, founder of seminal punk band Mink DeVille has died aged 58.

DeVille – who was known for blending New York punk with traditional American styles – passed away on Thursday (August 6) at the city’s Cabrini Hospital after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports the Associated Press.

Announcing the news, Deville’s associate Carol Kaye said: “The rock world has lost another one of its influential pioneers.”

Mink DeVille were one of the most acclaimed bands on the New York punk scene in the late ’70s, regulars at the seminal CBGB club. They debuted in 1977 with the album ‘Cabretta’, achieving a top 20 hit with ‘Spanish Stroll’ in the UK. DeVille eventually went solo, and continued making music until last year.