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Talk Talk lead singer Mark Hollis has died aged 64

Tributes have poured in

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Lead singer and co-founder of synthpop band Talk Talk, Mark Hollis, has died aged 64.

The news has yet to be officially confirmed by Mark’s reps, and no cause of death has been released, but his cousin-in-law, Anthony Costello, and former bandmate, Paul Webb – aka Rustin Man – have both put out tributes to the musician on social media.

Bassist Paul wrote on his Facebook page about his shock at Mark’s passing.

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The 80s new wave band produced classic tracks It’s My Life, Life’s What You Make It, and Today, and their albums, Spirit of Eden, The Colour of Spring, and Laughing Stock have all been called masterpieces over the years.

Mark was the founder, lead songwriter, singer and creative spearhead of the band, but retired from music 20 years ago and became reclusive, wanting to live his life out of the public eye.

Fans of his from around the world, particularly in the music business, have flocked to send condolences.

Tim Pope, who directed the group’s music videos wrote: “Goodbye to Mark Hollis of Talk Talk… We had many, many laughs together.”

And Hollywood actor Elijah Wood said: “Sad to hear that Mark Hollis has passed,” before retweeting a number of other fan tributes.

Vampire Weekend lead singer Chris Baio said that Mark “changed my life”.

And band Doves released a message saying they couldn’t “overstate the influence” Mark had had on them as musicians.

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