Brian Howe, who sang for Bad Company from 1986 to 1994, has passed away two days ago on 6th May.
Howe passed away from a cardiac arrest in his Florida home, as confirmed by People.
"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of a loving father, friend and musical icon, Brian Howe," manager Paul Easton said in a release provided to People. "Finding the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts over losing my brother has been difficult," added Howe's sister Sandie. "Our family would like to thank you for your compassion and the outpouring of love we are receiving."
The singer first made his breakthrough when he performed with Ted Nugent on his 1984 Penetrator tour. He was then invited to take Paul Rodger's place when Bad Company regrouped two years later.
Howe appeared on four of their studio albums - Fame and Fortune, Dangerous Age, Holy Water and Here Comes Trouble.
The English singer quit after the release of their 1993 live album, What You Hear Is What You Get, and focused on his solo career on songwriting instead of performing. He concluded that his bandmates "hated the fact that the band had become successful again and they hadn't had much input into it. ... The resentment became almost to the point of them accusing me of being big-headed or cocky or whatever you want to call it." He described his journey with Bad Company, "Basically, it was a lovely ride. It's fantastic to be accepted as a guy who can write songs that people actually like."
"Leaving Bad Company was not a difficult decision. It had got to the point where nobody was contributing anything to songwriting and quite frankly, the band was getting very very sloppy live," he said one time. "They really hated the fact that the hit songs were now mine and they were being [in their mind] cut out of songwriting. You only have to look at what they have written in the years since to know that they simply had run their course as songwriters."
In 2017, Howe suffered a severe heart attack when he was driving from Florida to Nashville to support his future songwriting plans when he was found unconscious at a stop sign.
As the news of Howe's death spreads, people got slightly confused with which Bad Company singer passed away. Frontman Rodgers shared a video on Facebook clarifying that he was alive and well. Watch below.