Tsangarides began working in the industry in 1974 as an apprentice at London, UK's Morgan Studios. He earned his first major credit working as a sound engineer on Judas Priest's sophomore Sad Wings of Destiny LP in 1976 before going on to work with Japan, Colosseum II, Brand X and Gary Moore.
Tsangarides is recognized for serving as producer on Anvil's Metal on Metal, Thin Lizzy's Thunder and Lightning and Judas Priest's Painkiller. He also worked on various Black Sabbath records, including the band's classic Sabotage album and their The Eternal Idol effort.
In addition, Tsangarides produced and engineered the Tragically Hip's 1992 LP Fully Completely, widely considered to be the group's greatest artistic achievement.
Find reaction to Tsangarides' passing from industry figures and fans below.
Sad to hear of Chris Tsangarides passing away. He worked on the Sabotage album, a thoroughly lovely bloke. R.I.P. Chris.— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) January 7, 2018
We are saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Chris Tsangarides - his contributions to our metal and so many others will forever remain - Love and condolences to his family— Judas Priest (@judaspriest) January 8, 2018
I'm so saddened to hear of the passing of the Producer Chris Tsangarides - he has been a part of my life since the 70 when he worked as tape operator on the Sabbath album Sabotage and he's worked with me on lots of other albums and stuff. He'll be sadly missed. RIP my friend. pic.twitter.com/GPWTEilPSe— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) January 7, 2018
So sad to hear of the passing of Chris Tsangarides. He produced Fully Completely for us. We chose him in part because of his stellar work w Concrete Blonde but also for his enthusiasm. He was a lovely guy - a true gentleman.— Rob Baker (@tthbaker) January 8, 2018
So devastated to hear about the death of Chris Tsangarides, who produced our Game On album, and so many legendary records and bands.— The Amorettes (@TheAmorettes) January 7, 2018
Thinking of his lovely wife Jane and his family right now.
Thank you for starting this crazy journey off for us x pic.twitter.com/HrlcnYHMMS
Overkill are saddened to hear about the death of Chris Tsangarides.— OVERKILL (@OverkillBand) January 7, 2018
We were fortunate to have worked with him. A great guy with amazing talent, and humor and smile to match. Thoughts go out to his family and friends. RIP Chris