Steve Mackey dead – Pulp bassist dies aged 56 as indie band pays tribute to ‘beloved friend’ | The Sun

Steve Mackey dead – Pulp bassist dies aged 56 as indie band pays tribute to ‘beloved friend’ | The Sun

March 2, 2023

PULP Bassist Steve Mackey has died aged 56 with his fellow bandmates paying tribute to their "beloved friend".

Mackey passed away after a three-month health battle in hospital, the band revealed on social media today.

His wife Katie has also shared a tribute to the "most talented man".

Mackey's cause of death has not yet been given.

Britpop legends Pulp shot to fame in the early '90s with lead singer Jarvis Cocker.

In a Twitter post, Pulp said: "Our beloved friend & bass player Steve Mackey passed away this morning.

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"Our thoughts are with his family & loved ones. Safe travels, Steve.

"We hope to catch up with you one day. All our love xx."

Mackey joined Pulp in 1989, and played his part in their third album Separations.

The bassist went on to play on all their subsequent studio albums, including Different Class and His ’n’ Hers which are seen as high points in the mid-90s Britpop scene.

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The band went on a hiatus in 2002 but came back together to perform across the world in 2011 and 2012.

Pulp are set to hit the stage for a reunion tour this year, but Mackey revealed in October that he would not be joining the others.

In a post shared to Instagram, the musician explained: “I’ve decided to continue the work I’m engaged in – music, filmmaking and photography projects, and will not be joining them for these UK shows just announced.

“Wishing Candy, Nick, Mark and Jarvis the very best with forthcoming performances in the UK and also an enormous thanks to Pulp’s amazing fanbase, many of whom have sent me lovely messages today.”

The 56-year-old's wife Katie Grand shared a heartwrenching tribute today.

She said her husband, who battled with his health for years, was adored by everyone.

Katie wrote: "After three months in hospital, fighting with all his strength and determination, we are shocked and devastated to have said goodbye to my brilliant, beautiful husband Steve Mackey.

"Steve died today, a loss which has left myself, his son Marley, parents Kath and Paul, sister Michelle and many friends all heartbroken.

"Steve was the most talented man I knew, an exceptional musician, producer, photographer and filmmaker

"As in life, he was adored by everyone whose paths he crossed in the multiple creative disciplines he conquered.

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"I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the NHS staff who worked tirelessly for Steve.

"He will be missed beyond words."

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