The Pop Group singer Mark Stewart dies as band pay tribute to legendary frontman
Beloved musician Mark Stewart – the frontman of 70s band The Pop Group – has sadly died at the age of 62.
The devastating news was confirmed by Record Label Mute in a statement on Friday evening (April 21).
The statement read: "In honour of this original, fearless, sensitive, artistic and funny man, think for yourself and question everything.
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"The world was changed because of Mark Stewart, it will never be the same without him."
The artist and political activist formed the counterculture group back in 1088 with his friends John Waddington and Simon Underwood.
Just a few years later Gareth Sager and Bruce Smith joined the band to complete the star-studded line up fans know and love today.
The hitmakers quickly became known for rejecting conventional authority with their chart-topping tracks discussing a range of political themes.
But in 1980, the group decided to go their separate ways after they performed at a rally for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Trafalgar Square.
After the band split, Mark went on to release a slew of solo albums, but in 2010, the bandmates had a change of heart and reunited once more.
Following the heartbreaking news, Gareth shared a touching tribute to Mark online, describing him as the "most amazing mind of my generation."
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Adrian Sherwood, of the New Age Steppers which Stewart was briefly a member of, said Mark was "the biggest musical influence in my life and our extended family will miss you so so much."
The head of Mute, Daniel Miller, wrote: "His musical influence has been much greater than is often acknowledged …. I can't imagine you being anything other than restless but I hope you find your very special peace."
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