UPDATE: Mark Hollis has died after battling a short illness, his longtime manager Keith Aspden confirms with Pitchfork. He was 64.
“I’m still trying to accept this but sadly it’s true,” writes Aspden in the statement. “Mark has died after a short illness from which he never recovered. Deeply felt sorrow for a remarkable person who remained true to himself throughout his life. I can’t tell you how much Mark influenced and changed my perceptions on art and music. I’m grateful for the time I spent with him and for the gentle beauty he shared with us.”
After forming Talk Talk in 1981, the band went on to release five studio albums over the next ten years. The band broke up in 1991. Hollis appeared on multiple projects since, including Unkle’s 1998 album Psyence Fiction and instrumental music for the television show “Boss”.
Fellow artists shared condolences of his passing on social media, including bandmate Paul Webb:
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I am very shocked and saddened to hear the news of the passing of Mark Hollis. Musically he was a genius and it was a honour and a privilege to have been in a band with him. I have not seen Mark for many years, but like many musicians of our generation I have been profoundly influenced by his trailblazing musical ideas. He knew how to create depth of feeling with sound and space like no other. He was one of the greats, if not the greatest. . . . . #markhollis #talktalk
We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Mark Hollis, lead singer and creative genius from the band Talk Talk. Our thoughts are with his family and friends https://t.co/wYc5u7SCXH
— Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (@OfficialOMD) February 25, 2019
Mark Hollis, lead singer of Talk Talk, has reportedly died at the age of 64.
Multiple artist accounts have paid tribute to the singer while no official statement has come from the band. If the news is true, no official cause of death has been listed.
Take a look at some of the tributes below:
— THE THE (@thethe) February 25, 2019
mark hollis was a genius. nobody made music that sounded like his. please spend time listening to his work. this one hurts. badly. pic.twitter.com/y3DXJvASIz
— Stars (@youarestars) February 25, 2019
RIP Mark Hollis. Cousin-in-law. Wonderful husband and father. Fascinating and principled man. Retired from the music business 20 years ago but an indefinable musical icon.
Talk Talk – It's My Life (Live at Montreux 1986) https://t.co/eGRfLWHt6r
— Anthony Costello (@globalhlthtwit) February 25, 2019
This is a developing story.