The Fall’s frontman Mark E Smith has died today at the age of 60, according to reports.

The sad news was announced by a fan account for the band, which carried a statement attributed to The Fall’s manager Pam Van-Damned.

“The day I’ve been dreading. ‘It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith. He passed this morning at home,” the tweet read.

“A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time.” 2/2 Pam Van Damned The Fall – manager.”

The Fall’s record label Cherry Red confirmed the news.

Mark performing as part of The Fall in 1992

He had battled ill health in recent months

Tributes have been pouring in for Mark, with Lauren Laverne tweeting: “Oh man. Mark E Smith. One of my biggest heroes. Had a nightmare interviewing him (of course) but then he put me in a song. So sharp, clever and untouchably cool. Thanks for the music, MES.”

Mark was forced to cancel a string of Fall gigs in late 2017 after suffering from “bizarre and rare medical issues”, as his manager put it.

His final performance was at the Queen Margaret Union in Glasgow, where he sang from his wheelchair with his right arm in a sling.

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