Mark E Smith of The Fall dies at the age of 60

Singer-songwriter Mark E Smith has died at the age of 60.

The musician, a founding member of The Fall, died at home on Wednesday morning.

His partner, Pam Van Damned, who is also the band's manager, said in a statement: "It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E Smith.

"He passed this morning at home.

"A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days.

"In the meantime, Pam & Mark's family request privacy at this sad time."

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Last year the band were forced to cancel a string of shows due to Smith's health.