Family, fellow musicians, artists, comedians and journalists from the world of entertainment have tonight paid tributes to The Fall singer Mark E Smith, who has died aged 60.

Messages were led by Mr Smith’s former wife and ex-band member, Brix Smith Start, who posted: “I’m taking the news in right now. I will put a statement out tomorrow. I hope you will all understand.

“Thank you for your lovely messages, they mean a lot. I love you, Brix”.

BBC Radio 6Music DJ Mar Riley, a former member of the band, paid tribute by spinning The Fall records on his show tonight.

Broadcaster Lauren Laverne added: “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.”

“The Fall are no more, long live the Fall!”

Meanwhile, singer Tim Burgess wrote: “So so sad to hear that we’ve lost Mark E Smith. A true uncompromising musical maverick. A genius, a curmudgeon and someone whose company it was an honour to share. So long M.E.S x x x”

Billy Bragg wrote call Smith “a cultural icon’.

The comedian Vic Reeves said Smith’s words meant more to him than anyone.

The writer and producer Edgar Wright said: “Alas, the great Mark E Smith has passed away. Not merely a legend of indie music, but someone who, for me, was a gateway into that very genre. Will be blasting the A Sides album all week now.

“The Fall are no more, long live the Fall!”

Rock band Garbage wrote: “Mark E Smith We will never forget you coming to see us play. Especially when you said watching us play was like watching paint dry. RIP”

Primal Scream bassist Simone Marie said: “‘If you’re gonna play it out of tune, then play it out of tune properly’

Thanku for the music Mark E. Smith . X”



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