'One Of My Favourite Guitar Players Has Left Us': Tributes For Gang Of Four's Andy Gill Roll In

3 February 2020 | 10:15 am | Staff Writer

"This is so hard for us to write, but our great friend and Supreme Leader has died."

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Tributes are flowing in for Gang Of Four's Andy Gill, who passed away yesterday at age 64. A cause of death is yet to be announced. 

Gill was the only original remaining member of the UK group, which he co-founded in Leeds in 1976.

Gang Of Four toured Australia in November last year, after initially postponing the tour following Gill's hospitalisation with a chest infection.

"This is so hard for us to write, but our great friend and Supreme Leader has died," read a statement from Gang Of Four. 

"Andy's final tour in November was the only way he was ever really going to bow out; with a Stratocaster around his neck, screaming with feedback and deafening the front row." 

"His uncompromising artistic vision and commitment to the cause meant that he was still listening to mixes for the upcoming record, whilst planning the next tour from his hospital bed." See the full statement below. 

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Tributes have begun rolling in for the artist, with artists like Flea and Tom Morello all sharing how Gill influenced them as musicians. 

In addition to his work with Gang Of Four, Gill was a well-respected producer and collaborator. He produced Red Hot Chili Peppers' first album, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and also played a huge role in INXS frontman Michael Hutchence's self-titled solo album. 

Gang Of Four celebrated the 40th anniversary of their seminal album Entertainment! last year, with the band touring in celebration of the occasion. They released their ninth studio album, Happy Now, in April last year.