Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis ‘dies aged 64’

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Talk Talk singer Mark Hollis, portrait, London, United Kingdom, 1990. (Photo by Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images)

Mark Hollis has died aged 64, according to reports (Picture: Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images)

Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis has died aged 64, according to reports.

Official confirmation of Mark’s death has yet to be released, but the band’s bassist Paul Webb appeared to confirm the news in a tribute on social media.

Taking to Facebook, Webb wrote: ‘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.’

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Mark Hollis was frontman for Talk Talk (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

News of Mark’s death was first reported by Anthony Costello, believed to be his cousin-in-law, who wrote: ‘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.’

Hollis co-founded the band in 1981 alongside Lee Harris and Paul Webb, earning success with singles Talk Talk, Such A Shame, Life’s What You Make It and It’s My Life.

Talk Talk disbanded in 1991, with Hollis releasing a self-titled solo album in 1998 before retiring from music.

Director Tim Pope, who helmed a number of the band’s music videos, posted a tribute, writing: ‘Goodbye to Mark Hollis of Talk Talk. Condolences to his lovely family.

‘We had many, many laughs together…’

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