Pete Shelley dead: Buzzcocks singer dies of suspected heart attack at 63

Pete Shelley has died at the age of 63.

The Buzzcocks lead singer has passed away following a suspected heart attack.

The rocker, whose real name was Peter Campbell McNeish, was born in Lancashire in 1955.

He formed Buzzcocks in 1975 with pal Howard Devoto after they met at the Bolton Institute of Technology and travelled to London together to see the Sex Pistols.

The band went on to debut the following year in Manchester, when they opened for the band that had inspired them.

Buzzcocks released their first EP, Spiral Scratch, on their own independent label in 1977.

Pete also began working on solo material in 1974, but it remained unheard until 1980 when it was released on his own label, Groovy Records.

Pete Shelley dead: Buzzcocks singer dies of suspected heart attack at 63

Pete on stage on 2009
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Pete Shelley dead: Buzzcocks singer dies of suspected heart attack at 63

Pete back in the day
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Buzzcocks scored a number of huge hits which remain popular today, including Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t).

Buzzcocks were together until 1981, and later reformed in 1989.

Shelley also composed the theme music for the intro to the Tour de France on Channel 4. His music was used from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s.

Pete Shelley dead: Buzzcocks singer dies of suspected heart attack at 63

They had some huge songs
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Pete Shelley dead: Buzzcocks singer dies of suspected heart attack at 63

And a legion of devoted fans
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The Charlatans star Tim Burgess was among the first to pay tribute.

He wrote on Twitter: "Farewell Pete Shelley. The first album I ever owned was Love Bites By Buzzcocks. This is my favourite song by them," he said sharing a video of Promises.

David Baddiel said: "People on here being more upset about Dani Dyer splitting up with some cunt from Love Island than Pete Shelley’s death makes me long for 1978"

Iain Lee added: "NO! Pete Shelley died? 2nd gig I ever went to – Frank Sidebottom, Man From Del Monte, Ed Tudor Pole and Shelley. Absolutely brilliant stuff."

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