Keith Aspden, the longterm manager of Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis, has confirmed the singer’s death.
Aspden released a statement to confirm the news after numerous tributes to Hollis began appearing on social media. The manager revealed that the Hollis failed to recover from “a short illness”.
“I’m still trying to accept this but sadly it’s true,” Aspden said in a statement issued to Pitchfork. “Mark has died after a short illness from which he never recovered. Deeply felt sorrow for a remarkable person who remained true to himself throughout his life. I can’t tell you how much Mark influenced and changed my perceptions art and music. I’m grateful for the time I spent with him and for the gentle beauty he shared with us.”
Aspden then told NPR: “I can’t tell you how much Mark influenced and changed my perceptions art and music. I’m grateful for the time I spent with him and for the gentle beauty he shared with us.”
From 1981 to 1992 Hollis fronted Talk Talk and achieved commercial success with their experimental synth-pop hits like ‘Talk Talk’, ‘It’s My Life’ and ‘Such a Shame’. The band would go on to record five full-length studio albums during their active years with Hollis himself releasing a solo record in 1998 before retiring.
Author and academic Anthony Costello, who is thought to be Hollis’ cousin-in-law took to social media to say: “RIP Mark Hollis. Cousin-in-law. Wonderful husband and father. Fascinating and principled man. Retired from the music business 20 years ago but an indefinable music icon.”
Paul Webb, Talk Talk’s bassist, confirmed the news in a tribute: “I am very shocked and saddened to hear the news of the passing of Mark Hollis,” he wrote. “Musically he was a genius and it was a honour and a privilege to have been in a band with him. I have not seen Mark for many years, but like many musicians of our generation I have been profoundly influenced by his trailblazing musical ideas. He knew how to create a depth of feeling with sound and space like no other.
“He was one of the greats, if not the greatest.”