Pulp have paid tribute to bassist Steve Mackey, who has died aged 56.
He had been in hospital for three months with an undisclosed illness.
“Our beloved friend & bass player Steve Mackey passed away this morning,” said a statement on social media. “Our thoughts are with his family & loved ones. Safe travels, Steve. We hope to catch up with you one day. All our love xx.”
Our beloved friend & bass player Steve Mackey passed away this morning. Our thoughts are with his family & loved ones. Safe travels, Steve.— Pulp (@welovepulp) March 2, 2023
We hope to catch up with you one day. All our love xx pic.twitter.com/pickNV56Nl
Mackey was a mainstay of the Sheffield band from 1988 and during their huge success in the 1990s with Island, including No.1 album Different Class (1,368,081 sales - Official Charts Company) and No.2 single Common People (1,329,036).
Following the band's hiatus from 2002, Mackey produced and remixed artists including MIA, Cornership, Kelis, The Horrors, Arcade Fire and Florence + The Machine.
Mackey took part in the first Pulp reunion (2011-13) but last year announced that he would not be performing with the band at reunion shows in 2023.
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