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Brian Howe, the Bad Company lead singer, has died age 66


Brian Howe, the lead singer of Bad Company, has passed away at the age of 66.

The rock singer, most commonly recognised as the man who replaced Paul Rodgers as the lead vocalist of the supergroup, is reported to have passed away on Wednesday at his home in Florida.

According to reports in the American publication, TMZ Howe died from cardiac arrest and was on his way to the hospital at the time. The musician had past heart issues and, in 2017, suffered from a heart attack in 2017.

Howe, whose career was thrust into the limelight in 1983 when Ted Nugent hired him to handle lead vocals for his album Penetrator, enjoyed a world tour shortly afterwards before joining Bad Company in 1986. Recording five full length albums with the band, Howe left Bad Company in 1994 amid a disagreement about the creative direction of the band. 

“Leaving Bad Company was not a difficult decision,” Howe said in a press release at the time of his departure.

He added: “It had got to the point where nobody was contributing anything to songwriting and quite frankly, the band was getting very very sloppy live. I quite simply got tired of doing all the work and then getting nothing but resentment for it from Mick and Simon.”

Howe went on to to enjoy a solo career after leaving the band, recording three album with his most recent coming in the shape of 2010 effort Circus Bar.