Co-founder Walter Lure of the Heartbreakers dies aged 71

News 24/08/2020

Walter Lure, a co-founding member of the Heartbreakers, a 70s punk band, has passed away on 22nd August at the age of 71, friends confirmed.

The New York guitarist had appeared on the band's only studio album titled L.A.M.F. alongside frontman Johnny Thunders, bassist Billy Rath and drummer Jerry Nolan. He left in 1978 and returned to the band a number of times until 1991. Later, he became a stockbroker but continued performing until early 2020.

Soon after the band had played their first show in May 1975, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had taken over the spotlight in the rock scene. "We don't even know if we're even going to be called the Heartbreakers [anymore]," Thunders wryly noted in a 1976 interview. "There's a new band.. they're called Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. We might change our name to the Headbreakers and go visit them." To avoid confusion, the punk band was frequently referred to as Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers.

Starwood Club in Hollywood had posted on social media, confirming his death. "Walter was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer in July 2020, which spread rapidly and he died from complications related to the cancer at the age of 71, peacefully in the hospital, surrounded by family," the post read. "He was much loved by all and respected for all he contributed to the world of music. He will be dearly missed. To his family, friends and fans our deepest condolences. May he RIP."