Obituary

Guitarist & Composer Glenn Branca Dies at 69

Glenn Branca
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American composer and guitarist Glenn Branca performs live on stage at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Feb. 2, 1988. 

The influential avant-garde composer and guitarist Glenn Branca has died age 69, according to a Facebook post from his wife and frequent collaborator Reg Bloor. The cause was stated as throat cancer.

Branca, who played a key role in the nascent no wave scene in New York City in the '70s and '80s, was said in the post to have “lived a full life with no regrets” and that there will be no public memorial as per the guitarist’s wishes.

Billboard has reached out to Branca’s representatives for further comment and confirmation.