Published Nov 02, 2015Dickie Hammond, the onetime guitarist for UK punk groups Leatherface and Angelic Upstarts, has sadly passed away. A cause of death has not yet been revealed, but he had reportedly been battling illness in a hospital for quite some time. He was 50 years old.
News of Hammond's death surfaced over the weekend, and according to UK publication the Hartlepool Mail, Hammond was "known to have suffered alcohol-related health issues in recent years."
The punk musician's prolific output traces back to the mid-'80s, when he was a member of H.D.Q. He recorded on the band's 1985 debut, Hung, Drawn and Quartered.
Hammond went on to play on Leatherface albums, including 1991's Mush. Though he didn't immediately rejoin the band when they got back together in the late '90s, Hammond was a part of Leatherface's second wave and recorded on 2010's The Stormy Petrel. They broke up again in 2012.
Other bands Hammond played with over the years included Angelic Upstarts, Toy Dolls, Doctor Bison, Generic, Hex, the Dipsomaniacs, and the Jones.