Gang of Four’s Andy Gill has died aged 64
He was Gang of Four's longest serving member.
Andy Gill, the founding member and guitarist of the band Gang Of Four, has died aged 64.
The band announced the news that the 64-year-old had passed in a statement on Saturday.
No cause of death was given but the guitarist had spent some time in hospital following the band's tour in November.
Gill was born in Manchester in 1956, and formed Gang of Four in Leeds in 1976 creating sounds that went on influence the likes of Nirvana and Fugazi.
He was Gang of Four's longest serving member - the only one to last from inception until present day - and co-produced or produced the band's entire discography.
The statement from the band is below in full:
This is so hard for us to write, but our great friend and Supreme Leader has died today.
Andy’s final tour in November was the only way he was ever really going to bow out; with a Stratocaster around his neck, screaming with feedback and deafening the front row.
His uncompromising artistic vision and commitment to the cause meant that he was still listening to mixes for the upcoming record, whilst planning the next tour from his hospital bed.
But to us, he was our friend – and we’ll remember him for his kindness and generosity, his fearsome intelligence, bad jokes, mad stories and endless cups of Darjeeling tea. He just so happened to be a bit of a genius too.
One of the best to ever do it, his influence on guitar music and the creative process was inspiring for us, as well as everyone who worked alongside him and listened to his music. And his albums and production work speak for themselves. Go give ‘em a spin for him…
Love you mate.
John, Thomas and Tobias
GANG OF FOUR
Andy Gill. pic.twitter.com/DHNCz5lAe6
— GANG OF FOUR (@gangof4official) February 1, 2020