Hardy Fox, composer, producer, and sometimes spokesman for The Residents has passed away after a battle with brain cancer. He was 73. As a member of the cryptic Corporation - the entity which "managed" the Residents- Fox, along with Homer Flynn, Jay Clem, and John Kennedy, always stated that he was not a member of the Residents but provided work for them. You can see Cryptic's statement below.
It is with great sorrow and regrets that The Cryptic Corporation announces the passing of longtime friend and associate, Hardy Fox. As president of the corporation from 1982-2016, the company benefitted from Hardy’s instinct for leadership and direction, but his true value came from his longtime association with The Residents. As the group’s producer, engineer, as well as a co-creator and collaborator on much of their material, Fox’s influence on The Residents was indelible; despite any formal training, his musicality was nevertheless unique, highly refined and prolific. Blessed with a vital sense of aesthetics, a keen ear, and an exquisite love of the absurd, Hardy’s smiling face was a constant source of joy to those around him. He was loved immeasurably and will be missed dearly. After a series of recent health problems, Hardy succumbed to a brief illness, He is survived by his husband, Steven Kloman. An announcement regarding memorial services will be forthcoming.