Ranking Roger, lead vocalist for British ska punk band the Beat – known as the English Beat in North America – and founding member of General Public, died on Tuesday. He was 56. The news was confirmed in a statement on the Beat’s official Facebook page. The cause of death has not been disclosed. In […]

Dick Dale, “the King of the Surf Guitar,” has died at the age of 81. California Rocker first reported that Dale died Sunday. His bassist Sam Bolle confirmed Dale’s death to the Guardian. No cause of death was revealed, but the guitarist suffered from health issues in recent years. In 2010, Dale said he was […]

Janice Freeman, a contestant on The Voice in 2017, has died at the age of 33. Freeman’s family confirmed her death to TMZ, saying “she was at home in Pasadena with her husband, Dion, when she started complaining she couldn’t breathe.” On Saturday, her husband called 911 and subsequently performed CPR on Freeman until paramedics […]

Stephan Ellis, the former bassist for the quintessential Eighties arena rock outfit Survivor, has died at the age of 69. Survivor’s longtime guitarist, Frankie Sullivan, confirmed Ellis’ death on the band’s Facebook. No cause of death was revealed. “We are devastated to hear that Stephan Ellis has passed away,” Sullivan wrote. “Steph was the guy […]

Andy Anderson, the drummer who enjoyed stints with Iggy Pop and the Cure while assisting an array of artists as a session musician, died Tuesday. He was 68. Just last week, Anderson revealed on Facebook that he had terminal cancer. Despite the diagnosis, he wrote, “[P]lease, no boo hooing here, just be positive, for me […]

Over his 70-plus years in the spotlight, singer and guitarist Mac Wiseman helped build bluegrass and modern country music from the ground up. He remained a valuable mentor and ambassador for both genres until his death on February 24th. He was 93. Of the many accomplishments from Wiseman’s career, two best represent his longevity and […]

Rock photographer Guy Webster, whose images adorn dozens of classic album covers, has died at the age of 79. Webster’s biographer Harvey Kubernik confirmed the photographer’s February 5th death to Rolling Stone, adding that Webster had been suffering from diabetes and liver cancer. Variety first reported Webster’s death. “Guy Webster established his reputation as a […]

Rising British rapper Cadet was killed in an early Saturday morning car crash in central England, his family revealed. He was 28. The Associated Press reports that the rapper born Blaine Johnson was the passenger in a taxi en route to Keele University in Straffordshire, where Cadet had a late-night gig booked. The taxi collided […]

Michel Legrand, composer of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Yentl and The Thomas Crown Affair, died Saturday at the age of 86. Legrand’s death was first reported by Agence France-Presse. The songwriter’s publicist also confirmed Legrand’s death to Variety, adding that he died early Saturday at his Paris home with his wife, French actress Macha Meril, by his […]

Lorna Doom, bassist for the groundbreaking Los Angeles punk band the Germs, has died, drummer Don Bolles confirms. It’s unclear what the cause of death was. “She left this mortal coil today around 1,” Bolles wrote in a comment via Facebook in a post where he wrote the word “Lorna.” The Germs – whose classic […]

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