Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley dies aged 63

Pete Shelley, lead singer of iconic punk band Buzzcocks, has died from a suspected heart attack.

The news was initially confirmed by the band’s management to the BBCAccording to the publication, the artist passed away in Estonia, his country of residence, on Thursday (6 December).

Buzzcocks have also posted statement online, saying, “It’s with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK’s most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks.”

“Pete’s music has inspired generations of musicians over a career that spanned five decades and with his band and as a solo artist, he was held in the highest regard by the music industry and by his fans around the world. A more detailed statement will follow.”

Shelley, real name Peter Campbell McNeish, was born in 1955. He formed Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto in 1975. The seminal punk group are best known for their hit Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve). This year, they celebrated the 40th anniversary of their first two albums, Another Music in a Different Kitchen and Love Bites, released in 1978. Both LPs are set to be reissued on 25 January 2019.