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Pete Shelley: Buzzcocks lead singer dies aged 63

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 2 days ago Sophie Williams
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 22:  Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks during Splendour Festival at Wollaton Park on July 22, 2017 in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Tony Woolliscroft/WireImage) © 2017 Tony Woolliscroft NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks during Splendour Festival at Wollaton Park on July 22, 2017 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Tony Woolliscroft/WireImage)

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The lead singer of punk rock band Buzzcocks has died at the age of 63.

Pete Shelley died on Thursday in Estonia from a suspected heart attack.

UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01:  Photo of Pete SHELLEY and BUZZCOCKS; Pete Shelley  (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns) © Redferns UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Pete SHELLEY and BUZZCOCKS; Pete Shelley (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)

The band had been due to perform in the Netherlands on December 14.

Musicians have paid tribute to Mr Shelley with the Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess writing on Twitter: “The first album I ever owned was Love Bites by the Buzzcocks.”

a man holding a microphone © Provided by Local News RSS EN-GB While Tracey Thorn wrote: "Oh God but I loved Buzzcocks. And Pete Shelley was an amazing songwriter."

The Buzzcocks are known for their hit Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve).

Buzzcocks (from left: drummer John Maher, guitarist Steve Diggle, guitarist and singer Pete Shelley and bassist Steve Garvey), British punk band, pose for a group portrait standing by a tiled wall in a shopping precinct, in May 1978. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images) © 2011 Redferns Buzzcocks (from left: drummer John Maher, guitarist Steve Diggle, guitarist and singer Pete Shelley and bassist Steve Garvey), British punk band, pose for a group portrait standing by a tiled wall in a shopping precinct, in May 1978. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images) Norman Blake, frontman of Teenage Fanclub, paid tribute to the enduring musical legacy of Shelley.

He wrote on Twitter: "Not been on here for a while, but I can't not mark the passing of Pete Shelley. I love(d) Buzzcocks. His songs were important to me when I was a young man and they still are to me now. Thank you Pete and R.I.P. You will be missed."

Tracey Thorn, formerly one half of the dance music duo Everything But The Girl, also paid her respects, quoting from the Buzzcocks' track 16 Again.

She said: "Oh God but I loved Buzzcocks. And Pete Shelley was an amazing songwriter. "But after all life's only death's recompense." RIP."

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