The Stranglers' keyboardist Dave Greenfield passed away at the age of 71 from coronavirus-related complications.
Greenfield died on Sunday, May 3, after contracting COVID-19 during his prolonged stay in the hospital for heart problems.
The long-time musician penned the UK band's biggest hit "Golden Brown," which took the No. 2 spot on the UK Singles Chart in 1982.
His bandmates took to Facebook to pay their respects to the punk pioneer, whom they described as " "a lovable, friendly and eccentric character who always had time to chat."
“My great friend and longstanding colleague of 45 years, the musical genius that was Dave Greenfield, passed away as one of the victims of the Great Pandemic of 2020," wrote bass player Jean-Jacques "JJ" Burnel. "All of us in the worldwide Stranglers’ family grieve and send our sincerest condolences to Pam.”
“We have just lost a dear friend and music genius, and so has the whole world," described drummer Jet Black. "Dave was a complete natural in music. Together, we toured the globe endlessly and it was clear he was adored by millions. A huge talent, a great loss, he is dearly missed.”
Vocalist and guitarist Baz Warne added, "We lost a true innovator, musical legend, and one of my dearest friends today. The word genius is bandied around far too easily in this day and age, but Dave Greenfield certainly was one."
He continued, "We stood together on the same side of the stage for 20 years, laughed, joked and shared our lives in the way that only band mates can. I'll miss him forever. Our thoughts and hearts are with his wife Pam, and to the millions of fans who worshipped at his altar, he'll never be equalled.”
See the rest of the band's tributes below.
Greenfield is survived by his wife Pam Greenfield.