Jet Black Cause Of Death – Jet Black, the original drummer for 1970s punk band The Stranglers, has died at the age of 84, according to the band.
The musician, born Brian Duffy, was a founding member of the Guildford band, contributing to hits such as Golden Brown, Peaches, and No More Heroes.
He last performed with them in 2015, before retiring a few years later due to health issues.
In a statement online, his ex-bandmates described him as an “elder statesman” of British music.
Bassist and co-frontman JJ Burnel said: “After years of ill health, Jet has finally been released. He was a force of nature. An inspiration.
“The Stranglers would not have been if it wasn’t for him. The most erudite of men. A rebel with many causes.”
Sil Willcox, the band’s manager, added: “Jet Black was the real deal. Astute in business, a talented drummer and an obsessive perfectionist.
“I will cherish the times we planned, pranked, ate, drank and laughed on so many great nights together.”
The Stranglers were formed in West Surrey in 1974 and quickly became a staple of the riotous UK punk and new wave scenes.
Despite the indolent, youthful rage associated with the genre, Black was a successful businessman in his mid-30s by the time he was a semi-professional drummer in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
He had an ice cream truck fleet and later an off-licence called The Jackpot. The Stranglers used one of the vans as a tour bus and his shop as their headquarters in the beginning.
Black wrote several books chronicling his time in the band – most notably The Stranglers’ infamous 1980 arrest in Nice, France, where they had allegedly incited a riot.
An enthusiastic furniture designer, he also patented the Jet Black Power Bass Drum Pedal.
When asked how he would like be remembered by the band’s website 12 years ago, he replied: “I guess if we are actually remembered, then that will do.”
Black’s death comes two years after The Stranglers’ keyboard player Dave Greenfield died at the age of 71 after testing positive for coronavirus.
Greenfield, originally from Brighton, had contracted the virus following a prolonged stay in hospital for heart problems.