Roy Loney, the frontman of cult band the Flamin’ Groovies, has died at the age of 73.
Loney, a founding member of the band, died of what has been described as “severe organ failure” while at San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center, his girlfriend Vivian Altmann confirmed.
The band has since confirmed the news in a statement, writing: “We are all deeply saddened and stunned to learn that our dearest friend and bandmate, Roy Loney, passed away this morning,” in a post on social media.
The official announcement comes after Roberta Bayley, the iconic punk photographer, announced Loney’s passing which occurred shortly after surgery. “Very sad news. Roy Loney, the original singer of the legendary Flamin’ Groovies has died.” she wrote on social media. “Only minutes ago. Roy was a great talent, as a songwriter and performer, and a great friend. He was hospitalised last week, and I spoke to him Wednesday. He was in good spirits.”
She added: “He had a surgery this morning and never came out of it. Sorry, I have no other details. Roy will surely be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.”
The band, who were admired by the likes of Mick Jagger and Jack White, formed in San Francisco in 1965 by Loney and his bandmate Cyril Jordan. The group managed to successfully combine elements of rock’n’roll, garage rock and R&B before going on to release nine studio albums—the most recent coming in the shape of 2017s Fantastic Plastic.
“Roy was born on a Friday the 13th and he died on a Friday the 13th,” Loney’s girlfriend Altmann told the San Francisco Chronicle. “That is a very rockin’ thing to do.”