Throbbing Gristle/Coil Co-Founder Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson Dies at 55

Throbbing Gristle/Coil Co-Founder Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson Dies at 55
Industrial music pioneer and founding member of Throbbing Gristle Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson has died. He passed away yesterday (November 24) at the age of 55.

A post on the group's website announced his passing via a brief statement, which reads, "We are saddened to announce the death of Peter Christopherson. Sleazy passed away peacefully in his sleep on the 24th of November, 2010, at his home in Bankok."

The cause of death has yet to be revealed, though bandmate Cosey Fanni Tutti posted some more words for her fallen friend on her Twitter account.

"Our dearest beautiful Sleazy left this mortal coil as he slept in peace last night," she posted. "Words cannot express our grief."

Christopherson began his career with Throbbing Gristle in the mid-'70s with Genesis P-Orridge, Chris Carter and Tutti, releasing a series of groundbreaking albums fusing cut-and-paste samples, obtuse synthesizer squalls and heavy, pre-programmed beats, essentially laying the groundwork for the industrial movement. Following the group's initial disbanding in 1981, Christopherson formed experimental electronic outfit Coil.

While Throbbing Gristle reformed in 2004, the band fell apart again last October when the group announced P-Orridge had left the act. Christopherson, Tutti and Carter continued on their scheduled appearances as X-TG (or ex-Throbbing Gristle). It is yet unknown whether Tutti and Carter will continue as a two-piece.