Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks fame has died prematurely and unexpectedly overnight.
The band confirmed the sad news in a statement, "It's with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK's most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks. Pete's music has inspired generations of musicians over a career that spanned five decades and with his band and as a solo artist, he was held in the highest regard by the music industry and by his fans around the world.
Shelley died of a suspected heart attack in Estonia where he lived with his brother. He was 63.
He formed the pop-punk outfit in 1975 with university mate Howard Devoto and appeared a year later as support for the Sex Pistols. 'Ever Fallen In Love (with Someone You Shouldn't Have)' peaked at #12 on the UK charts in 1978.