Obit

Brad & Pigeonhed Singer Shawn Smith Dead At 53

Shawn Smith, a longtime singer-songwriter on the Seattle music scene who performed with the bands Brad and Satchel, among others, has died. He was 53.
Ashley Iasimone / Billboard | April 7, 2019 - 2:09 pm

Nipsey Hussle Dead At 33

LA rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed today in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, south of the Crenshaw area, as TMZ reports…
Julia Gray | March 31, 2019 - 7:54 pm

Ranking Roger Dead At 56

Ranking Roger has died at the age of 56, as confirmed by the Beat's official social media accounts. He passed away from complications with cancer.
James Rettig | March 26, 2019 - 6:12 pm

Scott Walker Dead At 76

Scott Walker, mercurial titan of experimental music, has died. 4AD, Walker's label, confirmed his passing today. No cause of death has yet been revealed. Walker…
Tom Breihan | March 25, 2019 - 8:40 am

R&B Singer Andre Williams, “The Godfather Of Rap,” Dead At 82

R&B singer/producer Andre "Mr. Rhythm" Williams, died in Chicago on Sunday (March 17) at age 82, according to a statement from his label, Pravda Records.
Gil Kaufman / Billboard | March 18, 2019 - 3:56 pm

Dick Dale Dead At 81

Dick Dale, known as the "King of The Surf Guitar," passed away last night at the age of 81. Dale’s bassist Sam Bolle confirmed the…
Julia Gray | March 17, 2019 - 5:12 pm

Wrecking Crew Drummer Hal Blaine Dead At 90

Hal Blaine, legendary session drummer and member of the Los Angeles studio-musician group the Wrecking Crew, has died at the age of 90, Variety reports.
Julia Gray | March 11, 2019 - 8:10 pm

The Prodigy’s Keith Flint Dead At 49

Keith Flint, vocalist and figurehead for UK dance greats the Prodigy, has died. The BBC reports that Flint was found dead in his home in…
Tom Breihan | March 4, 2019 - 9:08 am

Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis Dead At 64

Mark Hollis, the British musician best known for leading the deeply influential synth-pop and post-rock band Talk Talk, has died. News of Hollis' death began…
Chris DeVille | February 26, 2019 - 7:14 am

Jackie Shane Dead At 78

Jackie Shane, the pioneering transgender soul singer, has died. The Numero Group tweeted about Shane's passing this morning, writing that she had died earlier today.
Tom Breihan | February 22, 2019 - 12:26 pm

The Monkees’ Peter Tork Dead At 77

Peter Tork, a member of the massively popular '60s band the Monkees, has died. The Washington Post reports that Anne Thorkelson, Tork's sister, has confirmed…
Tom Breihan | February 21, 2019 - 12:40 pm

Gorilla Biscuits Guitarist Alex Brown Dies At 52

Alex Brown, guitarist of the seminal hardcore punk band Gorilla Biscuits, has passed away following an aneurysm, Brooklyn Vegan and ArtForum report. He was 52.
Peter Helman | February 2, 2019 - 12:05 pm

R&B Singer James Ingram Dead At 66

R&B singer James Ingram, who collected two Grammy Awards and a pair of #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits over his decades-long career, has died at…
Shelby Reitman / Billboard | January 29, 2019 - 4:39 pm

The Germs’ Lorna Doom Has Died

Germs bassist Lorna Doom, born Teresa Ryan, has died. Her former bandmate Don Bolles confirmed the news in a Facebook post. "She left this mortal…
Tosten Burks / Spin | January 16, 2019 - 10:09 pm

Pegi Young, Musician & Former Wife Of Neil Young, Dies At 66

Pegi Young was not a music artist by design.
Gary Graff / Billboard | January 2, 2019 - 9:08 pm
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