The Stranglers' keyboardist, Dave Greenfield has passed away suffering from COVID-19.
The news was shared via the U.K. punk band's website that Greenfield was diagnosed with coronavirus on 26th April, just shortly after spending some time in the hospital due to heart complications. Greenfield is survived by his wife, Pam.
"On the evening of Sunday, May 3, my great friend and longstanding colleague of 45 years, the musical genius that was Dave Greenfield, passed away as one of the victims of the Great Pandemic of 2020," bandmate JJ Burnel said. "All of us in the worldwide Stranglers' family grieve and send our sincerest condolences to Pam."
We have just lost a dear friend and music genius, and so has the whole world,
drummer Jet Black added. "Dave was a complete natural in music. Together, we toured the globe endlessly, and it was clear he was adored by millions. A huge talent, a great loss, he is dearly missed."
"We lost a true innovator, musical legend, and one of my dearest friends today. The word genius is bandied around far too easily in this day and age, but Dave Greenfield certainly was one," guitarist Baz Warne expressed. "We stood together on the same side of the stage for 20 years, laughed, joked and shared our lives in the way that only band mates can. I’ll miss him forever. Our thoughts and hearts are with his wife Pam, and to the millions of fans who worshipped at his altar, he’ll never be equalled.”
The 71-year-old drummer joined the Stranglers in 1975, just a year after it was founded, replacing Hans Warmling. Their debut album arrived two years later and gained popularity during Britain's emerging punk scene.
The frontman of the band, Hugh Cornwell shared his thoughts on Twitter, "I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Dave Greenfield. He was the difference between the Stranglers and every other punk band. His musical skill and gentle nature gave an interesting twist to the band." He continued, "He should be remembered as the man who gave the world the music of 'Golden Brown."