It has been confirmed that Singer, songwriter, and co-founder of iconic 80’s band Talk Talk Mark Hollis has passed away aged 64 following a short illness.
Hollis’ longtime manager Keith Aspden confirmed the news via news outlet NPR. Aspden said: “I can’t tell you how much Mark influenced and changed my perceptions on art and music,” he said. “I’m grateful for the time I spent with him and for the gentle beauty he shared with us.”
The news has been received with shock throughout the music community and many have taken to social media to express their sadness and memories including Hillis’ cousin, Anthony Costello, bandmate Paul Webb, and Tim Pope, who directed most of Talk Talk’s music videos.
Hollis co-founded Talk Talk back in 1981 and had acclaimed hits with the singles ‘Talk Talk’, ‘It’s My Life’ and ‘Such a Shame’ as well as their critically-acclaimed albums, that included the likes of ‘Spirit of Eden’ and ‘Laughing Stock.’
Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon said: “We, Duran Duran, are very sorry to learn that one of music’s great innovators Mark Hollis has died. The band Talk Talk, which he co-founded and fronted, were on tour with us in 1982; it made for a tremendous & very entertaining bill. Mark was the main songwriter of some truly great songs, including ‘It’s My Life’ & ‘It’s A Shame’.”
Check out some of the reaction via social media below:
Rest in Peace Mark, you were one of the best.
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) February 25, 2019
— THE THE (@thethe) February 25, 2019
— Doves (@dovesmusicblog) February 25, 2019
Mark Hollis captured so many of us with his haunting approach to song and the compelling ways he presented simplistic mountains of sound. He was an educator of emotion and a voice for the blood throat shadows of tomorrow. This is a loss amongst many.
— Broken Social Scene (@bssmusic) February 25, 2019