Published Feb 01, 2020Andy Gill, founding member of the highly influential post-punk group Gang of Four, has passed away. He was 64 years old.
Gill died on Saturday (February 1) in a central London hospital after suffering a short respiratory infection, the band's publicist revealed.
News of Gill's death was confirmed by the band, who shared a lengthy statement on Twitter:
Andy Gill. pic.twitter.com/DHNCz5lAe6— GANG OF FOUR (@gangof4official) February 1, 2020
A Manchester native, Gill helped start Gang of Four in 1976. The band went on to lead a lengthy and wildly varied career, building an international name for their unique sound and decidedly political message. Their debut album Entertainment! is widely considered to be a seminal release in punk writ large.
In addition to Gang of Four, Gill was an esteemed record producer, working with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Jesus Lizard, the Stranglers, Killing Joke and more.
Last year, Gang of Four were forced to cancel a Brooklyn concert mid-show when Gill was hospitalized with a serious chest infection.