The Stranglers Member David Greenfield Passes Away After COVID Diagnosis

5 May 2020 | 9:37 am | Staff Writer

"We have just lost a dear friend and music genius, and so has the whole world."

David Greenfield, keyboardist of UK punk outfit The Stranglers, is confirmed to have passed away at the age of 71 after contracting coronavirus. 

In a statement posted to the Guildford-formed band's Facebook page today, it was announced that Greenfield passed on 3 May.

"Following a stay in hospital for heart problems, Dave tested positive for the Covid-19 virus last Sunday but he sadly lost his battle last night," the statement reads.

"Dave had been an ever present in the band since joining in late 1975 and his keyboard wizardry was world-renowned over his 45 year career in The Stranglers."

Fellow The Stranglers band members, JJ Burnel, Jet Black and Baz Warne, as well as manager Sil Willcox also paid tribute. Read the full post below.

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Though not a founding member of The Stranglers, Greenfield joined the group within a year of forming and co-wrote a number of their hit tracks including Strange Little Girl, Skin Deep, Peaches and 1982 breakout track, Golden Brown.

The Stranglers had wrapped a tour of Australia in February shortly before the COVID pandemic halted live music locally and abroad. 

Tributes from those within the industry have begun to flow since the news of Greenfield's passing, including Hugh Cornwall -vocalist and guitarist for The Stranglers from 1974 through to 1990.