Obit

Richard Swift Dead At 41

Richard Swift has died. The singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer was hospitalized last month with an undisclosed life-threatening condition. Pitchfork reports that he passed away this…
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2018 - 11:07 am

Smoke Dawg Shot And Killed Outside Toronto Nightclub

A shooting outside of a Toronto nightclub on Saturday (June 30) has claimed the life of 21-year-old rapper Smoke Dawg, according to Drake and others.
Hilary Hughes / Billboard | July 1, 2018 - 1:32 pm

The Adolescents’ Steve Soto Has Died

Steve Soto, bassist and founding member of California punk band the Adolescents, died last night at the age of 54. The cause of death is…
Julia Gray | June 28, 2018 - 3:46 pm

Joe Jackson Dead At 89

Joe Jackson, patriarch and taskmaster of the Jackson family, has died. Last week, Jackson was hospitalized with terminal pancreatic cancer. TMZ reports that he died…
Tom Breihan | June 27, 2018 - 12:17 pm

Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dead At 54

Drummer Vinnie Paul, co-founder of metal band Pantera, has died. Currently a member of Hellyeah, Paul was 54. His representative confirmed the legendary…
Melinda Newman / Billboard | June 23, 2018 - 7:06 am

Jimmy Wopo Dead At 21

After XXXTentacion, a second young rap star has been shot dead today. Pittsburgh's Action News 4 reported earlier today that Jimmy Wopo, the up-and-coming Pittsburgh…
Tom Breihan | June 18, 2018 - 7:55 pm

XXXTentacion Dead At 20

The controversial young Florida rap star XXXTentacion is dead. Earlier today, he had entered his car after shopping for motorcycles at RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield…
Tom Breihan | June 18, 2018 - 5:45 pm

Anthony Bourdain Dead At 61: Rock Star Chef Worked With Iggy Pop, Josh Homme, Sleigh Bells, & Many More Musicians

This morning brings the impossibly sad news that Anthony Bourdain, the near-universally beloved celebrity chef and TV host, has died. CNN reports that Bourdain died…
Tom Breihan | June 8, 2018 - 9:28 am

The Last Poets’ Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, “The Grandfather Of Rap,” Dead At 74

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, one of rap's forefathers and a founding member of the Last Poets, has passed away at age 74.
Julia Gray | June 5, 2018 - 11:02 pm

Anal Cunt Guitarist Dies In Escalator Accident

Josh Martin, longtime guitarist for legendary Massachusetts grindcore pranksters Anal Cunt, has died. Vanyaland confirmed that Martin died after falling off of an escalator at…
Tom Breihan | May 30, 2018 - 9:38 am

Jonathan Fire*Eater’s Stewart Lupton Dead At 43

Jonathan Fire*Eater frontman Stewart Lupton has died. He was 43.
Gabriela Tully Claymore | May 28, 2018 - 8:29 pm

The Inventor Of The Fuzz Pedal, Glenn Snoddy, Has Died

The name Glenn Snoddy might not be well known by the general music fan, but he helped to usher in one of the most exciting…
Gary Graff / Billboard | May 24, 2018 - 9:15 am

Madonna Producer Reggie Lucas Dies At 65

Reggie Lucas, the Grammy-winning musician who played with Miles Davis in the 1970s and produced the bulk of Madonna's debut album, has died. He was…
Associated Press | May 19, 2018 - 3:01 pm

Avant-Garde Composer And Guitarist Glenn Branca Dies At 69

Glenn Branca, the New York composer whose clangorous guitar compositions inspired a few generations of avant-garde music and underground rock, has died. Branca's wife and…
Tom Breihan | May 14, 2018 - 4:56 pm

Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison Dead At 36

Scott Hutchison, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Scottish rock band Frightened Rabbit, is dead. Hutchison disappeared after leaving the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry,…
Chris DeVille | May 11, 2018 - 9:03 am
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