TALK Talk singer Mark Hollis has sadly passed away aged 64, according to his cousin and ex-music director.
We take a look at his life and legacy, below.
Getty – Contributor Hollis co-founded the band Talk Talk, in which he was the lead singer and main songwriter
Who was Mark Hollis?
Mark Hollis was a British musician and songwriter, as well as a well-known singer.
The icon was born in Tottenham on January 4, 1955.
He became successful after co-founding the band Talk Talk, in which he was the lead singer and main songwriter.
The 80s band, which also consisted of members Lee Harris and Paul Webb, had many hits together, including It’s My life, Such a Shame and Laughing Stock.
After huge success, the band split up in 1991, where Hollis returned to music seven years later with a self-titled album.
Hollis was married and had two children, and his desire to spend more time with his family was a major influence in Talk Talk’s decision to split up.
Alamy Talk Talk members Lee Harris, Mark Hollis and Paul Webb pictured in 1984
What do we know about his death?
Though the news have not been confirmed officially by his representatives, tributes have been pouring in after the singer died aged 64.
Tim Pope, who was known for directing the group’s music videos, paid tribute.
He said: “Goodbye to Mark Hollis of Talk Talk.
“Condolences to his lovely family. We had many, many laughs together.”
His cousin-in-law Anthony Costello tweeted: “RIP Mark Hollis. Cousin-in-law.
“Wonderful husband and father. Fascinating and principled man.”Retired from the music business 20 years ago but an indefinable musical icon.”
Tributes have also flooded in from the music world – including Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb.
He said: “I am very shocked and saddened to hear the news of the passing of Mark Hollis.
“Musically he was a genius and it was a honour and a privilege to have been in a band with him.
Alamy Mark Hollis performing in November 1984
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“I have not seen Mark for many years, but like many musicians of our generation I have been profoundly influenced by his trailblazing musical ideas.
“He knew how to create depth of feeling with sound and space like no other. He was one of the greats, if not the greatest.”
While Chris Baio from Vampire Weekend added: “Mark Hollis changed my life. Thank you for everything.”
Interview with late Talk Talk singer Mark Hollis