Stereolab multi-instrumentalist Mary Hansen died Monday after she was hit by a car in a London bicycling accident. Hansen, a native of Brisbane, Australia, joined the band a year after its 1991 format

Stereolab multi-instrumentalist Mary Hansen died Monday after she was hit by a car in a London bicycling accident. Hansen, a native of Brisbane, Australia, joined the band a year after its 1991 formation. She was 36 years old.

"It is with great regret and deep sadness that we announce the death of Mary," posted Martin Pike, who co-owns Stereolab's Duophonic Super 45's imprint with founding members Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier, on Stereolab's official Web site.

"The suddenness of her death has shocked the band," the surviving members of Stereolab said in an official statement. "Mary was a special person. Our thoughts are with her family and friends who will miss her greatly. Mary was born in Maryborough, Brisbane, and her funeral will take place there next week."

Hansen first appeared on 1992's "LoFi" single and all subsequent releases, including such acclaimed discs as 1994's "Mars Audiac Quintet" and 1996's "Emperor Tomato Ketchup." In addition to work with Stereolab, Hansen has appeared on discs by Moonshake, the High Llamas, Mouse On Mars, and Brokeback.

Stereolab released eight full-length albums in the past decade; its most recent, "Sound-Dust" (Elektra) debuted at No. 11 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart in September 2001. The group has been at work on a new studio set which is expected out next fall.