- 23 Feb 22
"He leaves us with fantastic words and music," says Peter Hook. "Thank god that through all of that he will live forever..."
Fans, friends and fellow musicians have been paying tribute to Mark Lanegan, following news of the American singer-songwriter, musician and author's death yesterday.
Lanegan, who was 57, first rose to prominence as the lead singer for Screaming Trees in the '80s. In addition to his solo work, he was also a member of Queens of the Stone Age and The Gutter Twins, and collaborated with many legendary artists, including Kurt Cobain, over the course of his career.
In 2020, he released his acclaimed memoir, Sing Backwards and Weep. More recently, he chronicled his experiences with Covid-19, in Devil In A Coma.
He had been living in Ireland since 2020.
News of his death was confirmed on his official Twitter account last night.
"Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney, Ireland," the post reads. "A beloved singer, songwriter, author and musician he was 57 and is survived by his wife Shelley. No other information is available at this time. We ask Please respect the family privacy"
Taking to Twitter, Iggy Pop stated his "deepest respect" for Lanegan – signing off the post with: "Your fan, Iggy Pop"
Peter Hook of New Order and Joy Division described Lanegan as "a lovely man."
"He led a wild life that some of us could only dream of," he continued. "He leaves us with fantastic words and music! Thank god that through all of that he will live forever."
Mark Lanegan was a lovely man. He led a wild life that some of us could only dream of. He leaves us with fantastic words and music! Thank god that through all of that he will live forever. RIP Mark. Sleep well. Love Hooky. X pic.twitter.com/Xnx76y68YC
— Peter Hook (@peterhook) February 22, 2022
American comedian and actor Rob Delaney shared a playlist of Lanegan's work on Twitter, adding: "I love you Mark Lanegan. A colossal, spectacular body of work. These are all him? How?"
Also taking to Twitter, Garbage stated that they were "terribly saddened to hear the news of the passing of Mark Lanegan."
"A very gifted artist blessed with honey dipped tones, gone far too soon," they continued.
Badly Drawn Boy stated: "Hearing about Mark Lanegan passing away has properly stopped me in my tracks. I’m absolutely gutted. Met him on a couple of occasions and I was nervous because I loved him so much. He was a perfect gentleman, really kind. One of THE great singers of the last 30 years. So sad."
See more tributes to Mark Lanegan below:
— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) February 22, 2022
Mark Lanegan rest easy mate. A real singer. ❤️
— Sleaford Mods (@sleafordmods) February 22, 2022
Rest in peace Mark Lanegan. There are no words for this tremendous loss. Mark was a rare talent, a true visionary, and a dear friend of the station. Revisit some of the many works that Mark leaves behind here and tune in as we honor his legacy at KEXP. https://t.co/PsnVsB90dx pic.twitter.com/0qvm6nUkBw
— kexp (@kexp) February 22, 2022
Oh no. Terrible news that Mark Lanegan has left us. Safe travels man - you’ll be missed 💔
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) February 22, 2022
RIP Mark Lanegan. I was honoured to contribute a lyric and vocal on Rob Marshall's "Humanist" album alongside Mark and other notable artists...
Huge Loss RS pic.twitter.com/HL7zLoV16u
— Ron Sexsmith (@RonSexsmith) February 22, 2022
We are seeing the sad news that the remarkable Mark Lanegan has passed away. His voice was one of a kind…it reached into your soul and pulled your heart out. He was truly unique and will be greatly missed... pic.twitter.com/CL81KUPHUU
— 4AD (@4AD_Official) February 22, 2022
Right now I'm thinking of Mark Lanegan and all the great music and performances he gave us. A few years back I contributed this to a 'My Favourite Gig' book, on his magnificently road-wrecked and defiant Alhambra show in 2015. Sending love to all his family, friends, and fans✨ pic.twitter.com/ho2yr63NVB
— Cáit O'Riordan (@rockyoriordan) February 22, 2022
Just came out of studio and got the very sad news about Mark Lanegan. One of my most meaningful exchanges during my time presenting Other Voices was in Ashe’s with Mark. Such a great, great talent. RIP @marklanegan pic.twitter.com/8plYJigdP9
— John Kelly tweets (@johnkellytweets) February 22, 2022