Pete Shelley Cause of Death: Buzzcocks Singer, Best Known for Song ‘Ever Fallen in Love,’ Dead at 63

Pete Shelly, the lead singer of legendary British punk band Buzzcocks, died Thursday at the age of 63. His cause of death has been reported as a suspected heart attack.

“It's with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK's most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks,” read a statement from Shelley’s bandmates on Twitter.

“Pete's music has inspired generations of musicians over a career that spanned five decades and with his band and as a solo artist, he was held in the highest regard by the music industry and by his fans around the world.

“A more detailed statement will follow.”

The band, which formed in the 1970s, were best known for the song “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)."

pete shelley cause of death, buzzcocks Musician Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks perform onstage during day 2 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2012 in Indio, California. Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella

The band's management told the BBC that he died in Estonia where he was living. Tributes to the frontman immediately poured in from the music world.

"I can't not mark the passing of Pete Shelley," wrote Norman Blake, the frontman of band Teenage Fanclub. "I love(d) Buzzcocks. His songs were important to me when I was a young man and they still are to me now. Thank you Pete and R.I.P. You will be missed," 

Author Neil Gaiman tweeted: Part of my youth dies with him."

"Pete Shelley wrote perfect three minute pop songs," added The Charlatans singer Tim Burgess. "The soundtrack to being a teenager. You’ll be missed Pete but you’ll be remembered for a long long time for your brilliant music."



 

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