Pete Shelley, lead singer of punk rock band Buzzcocks, passes away
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Pete Shelley, lead singer of punk rock band Buzzcocks, passes away

PETE SHELLEY, lead singer and guitarist with punk rock band Buzzcocks, has passed away at the age of 63.

BBC News reports that Shelley died in Estonia, where he was living, of a suspected heart attack.

In a statement, the band said: “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.

“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.”

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Shelley, born in Leigh, Lancashire in 1955, formed the band with Howard Devoto in Bolton in 1976.

A major influence on the Manchester music scene, Buzzcocks are best known for their 1978 hit Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve).

The band broke up in 1981 but reformed eight years later.

Figures from the music world have paid tribute to Shelley, including Belfast punk band Stiff Little Fingers.

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