Buzzcocks Frontman Pete Shelley Dies at 63

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Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks photographed circa 1978.

Pete Shelley, the lead singer of the English punk rock band Buzzcocks, has died, as BBC reports via the band's management.

Shelley reportedly died at age 63 of a suspected heart attack in Estonia, where he was living at the time.

The Buzzcocks were formed in Bolton, England, by singer/songwriter/guitarist Shelley and singer/songwriter Howard Devoto, after the two met at the Bolton Institute of Technology (now known as the University of Bolton) and traveled to London to see a Sex Pistols gig. Buzzcocks then debuted in 1976 and opened for the Sex Pistols in Manchester. 

Buzzcocks released their first EP Spiral Scratch in 1977, and went on to record nine studio albums. Devoto left Buzzcocks in 1977, and Shelley became the frontman. Their most recent album, The Way, was released in 2014.

The band is known for hits such as “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)?” and “Why Can’t I Touch It?”

A re-issue of the Buzzcocks' first two albums, Another Music In A Different Kitchen and Love Bites, is due for release on Jan. 25, 2019.

The band's Twitter account also posted the following statement:

Billboard has reached out for additional details.