Musician Mark Lanegan, whose gruff voice and deeply lyrical poetry made Screaming Trees an integral part of Seattle’s early grunge era, died Tuesday. The musician was 57 at the time of his death.
According to a tweet from Lanegan’s Twitter account:
“Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney, Ireland. “Beloved singer, songwriter, author and musician, he was 57 and is survived by his wife Shelley. No further information is available at this time. “We ask that you respect the privacy of the family.”
Lanegan was the lead singer of the band Screaming Trees from 1985 to 2000, and the musician has also been recognized for his partnerships with Queens of the Stone Age, Mad Season, as well as the Gutter Twins, among others. Lanegan’s most recent collaboration was on the Manic Street Preachers’ latest album, “The Ultra Vivid Lament”. After their split supporting position with the band Oasis during their tumultuous 1996 US tour, Lanegan stayed in touch with the Manics.
James Dean, the Manics’ lead singer, praised the band for their “bitterness” in an interview with NME the previous year, saying that “There was as much tension within their band as they revealed themselves to the world. I like it when you see a band and it’s like they’re almost falling apart on stage. We’ve been that group sometimes too. Drummer Sean Moore and Bradfield said Lanegan was the only musician they could think of for the track “Blank Diary Entry” from their recent album.
“I’ve met him a few times and have a little connection,” Bradfield said last year. “I’m five-foot-six and he’s almost nine-foot. It looks a bit like R2D2 and Chewbacca when walking side by side.
Hundreds of people mourned the loss of the singers
Social media has already begun to overflow with condolences for Lanegan’s family.
I am in shock; a wonderful soul has left this world,” said Anton Newcombe. You have my greatest respect and admiration, my brother…His friends and family are in my thoughts and prayers. The Charlatans singer Tim Burgess said: “Oh no. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mark Lanegan. We will miss you, man. Have a good trip.
“Mark Lanegan was a handsome guy.” “wrote Peter Hook. He had a life most of us can only imagine. There are wonderful lyrics and songs to remember him by. Thank God he will live forever regardless.
“I love you, Mark Lanegan, added Rob Delaney. A colossal and spectacular work.
The Manic Street Preachers also opened up about the musician’s death saying, “Devastated by this heartbreaking.” The band added, Great talent on so many levels – such a fantastic voice and all these beautiful lines.
Devastated by this – heartbreaking immense talent on so many levels – such an amazing voice and all those beautiful words – love and respect to family friends and all who loved his unique artistic vision💔💔💔 https://t.co/7UszbGg7iz
— Manic Street Preachers (@Manics) February 22, 2022
I am in absolute shock, a very beautiful soul has left this world. I love you brother… my deepest condolences to his family and friends ❤️ pic.twitter.com/imr84fXdqH
– anton newcombe (@antonnewcombe) February 22, 2022
Mark Lanegan keep quiet buddy. A real singer. ❤️
— Sleaford mods (@sleafordmods) February 22, 2022
During a wide-ranging chat with NME in 2020, Lanegan opened up about his previous drug use, sobriety and days touring in support of Oasis alongside Liam Gallagher.
Lanegan also mentioned that she was promised a much bigger role in Queens of the Stone Age during the chat. In Lanegan’s account, it also matched his decision to seek treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. It also turned out that he had been institutionalized for about a year, so he had missed the opportunity to sing on the album.