The Fall's Mark E. Smith Mourned by Garbage, Billy Bragg & More: 'A True Uncompromising Musical Maverick'

Mark E. Smith, frontman for British post-punk mainstay The Fall, died Wednesday (Jan. 24) in his Manchester home, per a statement from band manager Pam Van Damned. Smith was 60 years old.

Smith formed The Fall in 1976 with guitarist Martin Bramah, bassist Tony Friel, and keyboardist Uma Baines, and their debut EP, Bingo-Master's Break Out!, was released in 1978. While the band never cracked the U.S. charts, they cultivated an active legion of fans that followed the band through more than four decades and over 30 albums.

Fans and celebrities alike immediately took to Twitter to grieve:


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