Dave Greenfield, The Stranglers keyboard player, has died at the age of 71 after testing positive for coronavirus.
The news of Greenfield’s death was confirmed in a statement via the band’s official website, it reads: “We are deeply and profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of keyboard legend Dave Greenfield on the evening of 3rd May 2020. Following a stay in hospital for heart problems, Dave tested positive for the Covid-19 virus last Sunday but he sadly lost his battle last night.
“Dave had been an ever present in the band since joining in late 1975 and his keyboard wizardry was world-renowned over his 45 year career in The Stranglers. Dave was a lovable, friendly and eccentric character who always had time to chat.”
Greenfield, who died on Sunday having contracted the virus, remained in the hospital for a period of time after suffering from heart problems. The musician is arguably best remembered for having written the band’s biggest hit, ‘Golden Brown’, which went to number two in the charts.
As tributes continue to flood in, The Strangler’s former band member Hugh Cornwell commented: “I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Dave Greenfield. He was the difference between The Stranglers and every other punk band. His musical skill and gentle nature gave an interesting twist to the band.
He added: “He should be remembered as the man who gave the world the music of Golden Brown.”
The Stranglers bass player Jean-Jacques “JJ” Burnel, added: “On the evening of Sunday May 3rd, my great friend and longstanding colleague of 45 years, the musical genius that was Dave Greenfield, passed away as one of the victims of the Great Pandemic of 2020. All of us in the worldwide Stranglers’ family grieve and send our sincerest condolences to [Greenfield’s wife] Pam.”
Drummer Jet Black said: “We have just lost a dear friend and music genius, and so has the whole world.
“Dave was a complete natural in music. Together, we toured the globe endlessly and it was clear he was adored by millions. A huge talent, a great loss, he is dearly missed.”