Andy Gill, guitarist and found member of the post-punk band Gang of Four has died, according to a statement from the band posted on Twitter. Gill reportedly passed away after a short respiratory illness.
Gill and vocalist Jon King founded the band in the late 1970s, releasing their first four albums, including their debut album Entertainmentin 1979 and follow-ups in the early 1980s before going on hiatus until 1991. After a brief reappearance in the mid-90s with their album Shrinkwrapped, the band released four more albums in the 2000s and 2010, including last year’s Happy Now.
Gill was considered one of the most influential post-punk musicians. He worked with bands like Fight Like Apes, Killing Joke and Red Hot Chili Peppers, who enlisted him to work on their 1984 self-titled debut album.
See the band’s full statement at the link here.
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