Pete Shelley, lead singer of Buzzcocks, dies aged 63

The punk legend died of a suspected heart attack.

Pete Shelley, the lead singer of seminal punk band The Buzzcocks, has died at the age of 63, BBC News reports. He died in Estonia, where he had been living since 2012.

Shelley was a founding member of the band, which he formed in Bolton with singer-songwriter Howard Devoto in 1976. In 1977 they released their debut EP, Spiral Scratch.

The band released three albums and the legendary singles compilation, Singles Going Steady, before they broke up in 1981. Shelley went on to release a number of solo albums before The Buzzcocks reunited in 1989.

Artists including Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, filmmaker Edgar Wright and writer Neil Gaiman have paid tribute to the late punk icon.

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Pete Shelley, lead singer of Buzzcocks, dies aged 63