Pulp’s longtime bassist Steve Mackey has died at the age of 56, his wife confirmed.
On Mackey’s Instagram account, the music producer’s wife Katie Grand delivered the heartbreaking news about his passing. She disclosed that he died after three months of stay in a hospital.
She, however, did not share Steve Mackey’s cause of death.
“After three months in hospital, fighting with all his strength and determination, we are shocked and devastated to have said goodbye to my brilliant, beautiful husband, Steve Mackey,” she wrote.
Grand honored the Pulp bassist and called him the most talented man she ever knew. Aside from being a musician, the wife highlighted Mackey’s career as a photographer, producer, and filmmaker.
She concluded the message by thanking all the NHS staff who took care of him tirelessly.
The family also asked for privacy amid the darkest moment in their lives.
Pulp also shared a separate statement to remember their friend and bass player. The band recalled spending time with him during their tour in South America in 2012. At that time, Mackey reportedly told them to climb in the Andes.
As they granted his wish, the band members said they all had a magical experience as Mackey always made things happen for himself and the band.
Fans, Colleagues Honor Steve Mackey
Apart from his family and band, his fans and colleagues also took their time to send him and his loved ones heartfelt messages following his death.
They shared photos and videos of Mackey performing and included heartwarming captions on them.
Rough Trade wrote, “We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Steve Mackey, legendary bassist of Pulp and established producer in his own right. A camaraderie that translated into their brilliant music. Our thoughts are with the band, his family and friends. RIP Steve.”
Tragic news about Steve Mackey – gone way too soon. Thinking of his family and loved ones. Not only did he create magic with Pulp, but also with MIA and many morepic.twitter.com/Xd41oyfwRV
— Birmingham 81 (@Birmingham_81) March 2, 2023
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Before his death, Mackey was tapped to rejoin Pulp for the band’s scheduled reunion tour this year. However, the bassist opted not to do so as he said he wanted to focus on his “music, film-making and photography projects.”
Mackey joined Pulp in 1989 and officially started recording with them in its 1992 album, “Separations.” He went on to become part of the band’s four more albums: “His ‘n’ Hers,” “Different Class,” “This is Hardcore,” and “We Love Life.”
He also contributed to its final recording, the “After You” demo, in 2013.
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