Musician Chad Stuart, who was famously one half the 1960s duo Chad & Jeremy, has passed away at the age of 79.
The news of the legendary folk musician’s death was confirmed in a statement posted to the band’s official Facebook page. While representatives confirmed that Stuart had died after developing pneumonia, it was also stated that he did not show symptoms of COVID-19.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Chad Stuart, a father, a husband, a brother, a grandfather, a friend, a mentor, a teacher and an inspiration to many,” the statement read. “Chad developed pneumonia (non covid related) after he was admitted to the hospital due to a fall. We ask for love, celebration but also space while the family adjusts to life without this incredible force.
“The family would like to thank his fans from around the world for the outpouring of birthday wishes and gifts he received every year. Chad took the time to read each and every card. The world has lost a legend today, but his voice will continue to touch our lives through his music.”
Having first met Jeremy Clyde at London’s Central School For Speech and Drama, the duo went on to have a prolific run in the music industry before eventually announcing their split in 1968. However, despite calling it a day relatively early, their debut single ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ propelled their folk-pop sound to international fame.
Rising up the charts in both the US and UK, Chad & Jeremy went on a wild ride which resulted in numerous tours and appeared on numerous popular television shows such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Patty Duke Show and more.
Despite splitting while still at the height of their fame, the duo remained close friends and, during an interview in 2081, Clyde described his creative partner as “a wonderful musician” before adding that: “He was a nice man. I liked him very, very much. Not only that, he was very generous.”
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Chad Stuart, a father, a husband, a brother, a grandfather, a friend,…Posted by Chad and Jeremy on Sunday, December 20, 2020