Bad Company Singer Brian Howe Dead at 66

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Brian Anthony Howe, the former lead singer of Bad Company, died yesterday (May 6) at the age of 66.

The singer died after suffering from cardiac arrest in his Florida home, according to Howe's publicist Francine Marseille. 

"He was always trying to push himself to be better," shared Howe's manager and friend Paul Easton to Billboard after news broke of Howe's death on Tuesday (May 5) from a cardiac arrest. "Anybody else who sang like him would be thrilled. But I'd call him after a show and he'd go, 'I could've done better." That was just him. nothing was ever good enough. He was always pushing."

“Finding the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts over losing my brother has been difficult." Howe's sister, Sadie shared in a statement to USA Today. “Our family would like to thank you for your compassion and the outpouring of love we are receiving.”

Howe rose to fame when he sang lead vocals on Ted Nugent's 1984 album Penetrator, which climbed to No. 56 on the Billboard 200. After his time with Nugent, Howe shortly replaced Paul Rodgers as the frontman for Bad Company in 1986, contributing to many of the UK band's signature albums, including 1986's Fame and Fortune, 1988's Dangerous Age1990's Holy Water and 1992's Here Comes Trouble

"Brian was a good friend and wonderfully gifted vocalist and songwriter," Nugent expressed to Billboard. "We have kept in touch all these years and became good friends, hoping to collaborate on new music. We are very sad and he will be missed, but his musical gifts will last forever."

Howe went on to leave the band and release three solo albums, the last being 2010's Circus Bar

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