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'A true music maverick': The Fall frontman Mark E Smith dies aged 60

The band were iconic in the post-punk era, and had been prolific in their output.

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THE LEAD SINGER of Manchester post-punk band the Fall Mark E Smith has died.

The 60-year-old was the only member of the band who’d been there since its formation in 1976, and Smith was well-known for falling out with bandmates with The Fall having had over 60 members over 40 years.

The prolific Smith oversaw the release of the Fall’s 32nd studio album last year and recently toured regularly, as his health would allow.

Smith’s dead was confirmed by the band’s record label Cherry Red Records, and on the band’s Twitter page.

Tributes to Smith online referred to him as a “true music maverick”, a “genius” and “incomparable”.

BBC Radio’s Lauren Laverne said: “One of my biggest heroes. Had a nightmare interviewing him (of course) but then he put me in a song. So sharp, clever and untouchably cool.”

Comedian Tim Vine said: “There’s not many people I hero worship. Mark  E Smith was one of them. This news has made me sad. He’s Completely Irreplaceable. A total original.”

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