Sadly, Steve “Thee Slayer Hippy” Handford, former drummer for Poison Idea has passed away. Handford played in Poison Idea from about 1987 through 1993, including the seminal Feel the Darkness album. We send out condolences to Handford's family, friends, and fans.
Sadly, rock and roll pioneer Little Richard passed away today. He was 87. The cause of death was bone cancer. As you know, Little Richard was one of the most important figures in modern music and few words could do him justice. We send out condolences to his family, friends, and fans. You can hear some of his songs below.
Singer and songwriter Brian Anthony Howe passed away on Wednesday, May 6 at age 66. His cause of death was cardiac arrest. Brian Howe was the lead singer on Ted Nugent’s album Penetrator, the lead singer of Bad Company from 1986-1994, as well as releasing several solo albums. Punknews sends our condolences to Brian Howe’s family, friends, and fans.
Sadly, Kraftwerk Co-Founder Florian Schneider passed away earlier this week. He was 73 and had been suffering from cancer. Schneider co-founded the band with Ralf Hütter in 1970 and played witht he group until 2008. we send our condolences to Schneider's family, friends, and fans.
Dave Greenfield, the keyboardist, sometimes singer, and songwriter for The Stranglers, has passed away at age 71. According to a statement from the band, Dave Greenfield was in the hospital due to heart problems and tested positive for COVID-19. He passed on the night of Sunday, May 3. Punknews sends out our condolences to Dave Greenfield's family, friends, and fans. Read the band’s statement below.
Sadly, Nick Helm has passed away. Nick was the drummer for up and coming Dallas based punks Noogy. Noogy were recently announced to be playing Punk Rock Bowling, and had built a strong following both in Texas and abroad. We send our condolences to the friends, family, and fans of Nick and Noogy.
Derek Jones, guitarist of Falling in Reverse passed away earlier this week. He was 35. The cause of death is unknown. Along with singe Ronnie Radke, Jones was the only other member of the band that was in all of its lineups. Radke stated: "I’ll never forget when you picked me up from jail In Your old tour van to start falling in revers. Your spirit will be interwoven through the music I write forever. Rest In Peace Derek Jones. My heart is broken.” Punknews sends our condolences to Jones' family, friends, and fans.
Sadly, Jimmy Webb, passed away. He was 62. The reported cause of death is cancer. Webb spent decades as a stylist contributing to the iconic looks of many punk rockers, famous unknown, including Blondie, Patti Smith, Ramones, New York Dolls, and many, many more. Webb worked for decades at the renown East Village Trash and Vaudeville. He recently opened up his own I Need More Shop. We send our condolences to his family, friends, and fans. Below, you can see an episode of one of TLC's makeover shows which features Webb providing fashion to Snakebite. (Snakebite released one of Don Giovanni Records' first releases and included Brian of Night Birds).
Unfortunately, Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger passed away earlier this week. He was 52. The cause of death was complications from COVID-19. We send out condolences Schlesinger's family, friends, and fans.
Sadly, yesterday, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV passed away at age 70. Genesis had been battling leukemia for almost three years. Genesis' daughters, Genesse and Caresse, issued a statement which you can read below. We send our condolecneses to Genesis' family, friends, and fans.
Former member of the Patti Smith Group and talented guitarist and song-writer, Ivan Kral has passed away at age 71. Ivan Kral was a founding member of the Patti Smith Group and co-wrote “Dancing Barefoot” and “Ask the Angels”. Ivan Kral also worked with Iggy Pop, Blondie, and John Waite while also releasing solo work. Read the full statement from his wife below.
Unfortunately, Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity has passed away. He was 53. The band issued a statement: "“It’s with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a friend, a brother and pioneer. Reed you are loved and always will be. Lets all take a moment…” The cause of death was not revealed. However, Mullin had been suffering from heart issues over the past few years. Mullin has a founding member of the band in 1982. He played with them from 1982-2001 and 2010-2020. Punknews sends our condolesnces to Mullin's family, friends, and fans.
The Punknews staff sends it's condolences to Vinny's family and friends.
Unfortunately, Dave Riley, bassist for Big Black, has passed away. Riley passed away after a short battle with cancer. He was 59. Rachel Brown, his housemate, issued a statement: "In late August, [Riley] developed a persistent sore throat that wasn’t responsive to antibiotics. Initially dismissed as acid reflux, further testing showed that he had a large squamous cell carcinoma in his throat that had already spread to several places in his lungs. Since treatment wouldn’t have made any difference, Dave chose to come home to die. His doctor predicted that he had about six months left, but sadly the cancer was so aggressive that he didn’t even make it an additional two.” Previously, Riley suffered a stroke in 1993, which left him confined to a wheelchair. In 2006, Riley published a book, Blurry and Disconnected: Tales of Sink-or-Swim Nihilism, which included six short stories.