Stewart Lupton, frontman of iconic alt-rock band Jonathan Fire*Eater, has died at the age of 43.
No official cause of death has yet been released but his death was confirmed by his family: “Thank you so much for your tributes to this beautiful artist. I love hearing what he meant to other people. Stewart inspires me endlessly and is so dearly missed,” Sarah Lupton, Stewart’s cousin, said when confirming his passing in an Instagram post.
Jonathan Fire*Eater was an American band based New York City but had originally fromed in Washington, D.C.The line-up was Stewart Lupton who was on the vocals, Tom Frank (bass), Paul Maroon (guitar), Matt Barrick (drums), and Walter Martin (organs, keyboards).
Relocating to New York’s Lower East Side, Jonathan Fire*Eater existed for a short five-year period between 1993 and 1998 but are widely credited for reviving and shaping New York’s rock scene years before it exploded in popularity in the ’00s.
The likes of Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, an countless others have all credited the band with a major creative influence and, Karen O said: “Oh yeah, they had an enormous influence on me,” she’s quoted as saying in rock ‘n’ roll book Meet Me in the Bathroom.
RIP Stewart Lupton.