One of the most iconic and influential singers in the United Kingdom has just passed away. According to reports, Pete Shelley has died at the age of 63.
Shelley is best known for being a singer and songwriter with the Buzzcocks. He was also the co-founder of the punk band and helped shape them into a successful group.
"It's with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK's most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks," the band's Twitter account read on Thursday. "Pete's music has inspired generations of musicians over a career that spanned five decades and with his band and as a solo artist, he was held in the highest regard by the music industry and by his fans around the world," a separate tweet read.
Shelley's brother confirmed the news on Twitter Thursday morning. Sadly, he wrote that his brother died of a heart attack.
"Shelley's brother, Gary Mcneish, confirmed the news, writing on Facebook: 'This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, is tell you my brother Pete Shelley had a heart attack this morning and passed away,'" reported Fox News.
The Buzzcocks were known for various hit songs throughout the decades. One of their most popular songs was "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" in 1978. Fans took to Twitter to offer their condolences upon learning of the news.
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