Joe Moss, the former manager of Johnny Marr and The Smiths, has died at the age of 72 after losing his battle with cancer.
Moss managed the Manchester band from their first shows and up until he parted with the group upon the release of ‘This Charming Man’ in 1983, linking up with Marr again in 1999 to manage the guitarist up until his death on October 22nd.
Marr released a statement on his official website to announce the sad news of Moss’ passing – taking the opportunity to heap praise on the former manager.
‘We regret to announce that, after a brave struggle with cancer, Joe Moss, manager of Johnny Marr and The Smiths, has died at the age of seventy-two,’ the statement read.
“Joe was a one off, an amazing person and totally unique,” Marr added.
“He started looking after me when I was 17; it was Joe who put the idea in my head to go and knock on Morrissey’s door. He invested his time and money in us when no one else wanted to know, and his belief in us kept us going.”
“Without him there wouldn’t have been any Smiths. He was an original beatnik and a true bohemian, respected by all. Everyone who met him loved him; he can never be replaced.”
Moss is survived by his wife Sarah and his children David, Rachael, Ivan, Stella and Edie.