Gang Of Four guitarist Andy Gill died on 1 February in a central London hospital. He was 64.
The band announced the news on their website and attributed the cause of death to pneumonia. “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,” current band members Thomas McNeice, John Sterry and Tobias Humble wrote.
Gill was born Andrew James Dalrymple Gill on 1 January, 1956 in Manchester England. He was an arts student at Leeds University when he started Gang Of Four with its original members: lead singer and main lyricist Jon King, bassist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham.
The post-punk band’s career spanned five decades, with their most recent album being 2019’s Happy Now. Gang Of Four initially split in 1984 but reformed several times over the years featuring different lineups. Gill was the only constant member throughout the band’s active years. He also worked as a producer for bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Stranglers and Killing Joke.
Gill is survived by his wife Catherine and “many family and elective family members who will miss him terribly”, said the band in a press statement.
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