Written by: Alex Green
Mark E. Smith, the lead singer of the legendary post-punk outfit The Fall has died.
Smith was 61.
Smith had been in poor health in recent months and was reportedly having respiratory difficulties, however, he performed an October gig in Wakefield from a wheelchair.
A statement issued this morning read: It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith. He passed this morning at home. A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time.
Pam Van Damned
The Fall – manager
R.I.P. Mark Edward Smith, 5 March 1957 – 24 January 2018.
A typhoon of cranky, poetic brilliance, Smith was a confrontational and moody presence, loaded with the kind of charismatic wattage that was uniquely singular. The Fall recorded over 30 albums and were one of the most consistent and prolific post-punk outfits of all time. The Manchester band was formed in 1976 and had a revolving door of band members, with Smith being the band’s one constant leader.
John Peel regularly touted the band as one of his favorites.
Of them he said: “They are always different; they are always the same.”