John McGeogh, who came to prominence playing guitar for U.K. post-punk band Magazine and goth pioneers Siouxsie & the Banshees, died in his sleep last Thursday at his West London home. He was 48.

John McGeogh, who came to prominence playing guitar for U.K. post-punk band Magazine and goth pioneers Siouxsie & the Banshees, died in his sleep last Thursday at his West London home. He was 48. Cause of death has not been determined.

The Scottish-born guitarist played with Magazine from 1977-80, and with the Banshees from 1980-82. Among other bands, he also recorded with Public Image Limited from 1986-92, and was the longest-serving member other than founder John Lydon.

McGeogh lived in Los Angeles from 1986 until the mid-'90s, after which he returned to the United Kingdom. After an unsuccessful link-up with former Heaven 17 vocalist Glenn Gregory, McGeogh quit the music business and trained as a nurse, qualifying in 1995. He subsequently made a low-key return to the industry and took up composing for TV productions. McGeogh was working on music for a TV documentary for Channel 5 in the United Kingdom at the time of his death.

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