Mark Keds, the singer and guitarist of pop-punk band Senseless Things, has passed away at the age of 50. The news was confirmed by former bandmate Ben Harding but a cause of death has yet to be issued.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we have to tell you that, sadly, Mark – our singer, friend and main songwriter – is no longer with us,” Harding wrote in a statement.
“It’s no secret that he had struggled on and off with drug abuse and a pretty chaotic lifestyle for a long while, and his health suffered substantially over the years due to this,” he added. “While this had sometimes created friction within the on-off workings of Senseless Things and his other projects, we choose to remember the friend, the brother and the talent we’ve lost today.”
Harding went on to celebrated Keds’ talent, saying he was “truly passionate about his musical calling” and said that he loved “exploring the everyday fucked-upness and absolute, unbounded joy of one-to-one relationships; of love, lust, loss, anger, grief and the ecstasy of the ordinary”.
He added: “We love you, Mark. It seems cliched to say ‘gone too soon’, but damn, it’s true. He was only 50. It’s no fucking age to die. Our love and thoughts go out to his friends, his family, his loved ones and the ones who loved him.”
Senseless Things, first formed in 1986, went on to release four studio albums during their time as band. Amid a number of break ups and reunions, the band last performed live in 2017 with a hugely popular string of live shows.