The rock industry has been hit by another devastating loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Acclaimed British bassist Matthew Seligman died Friday due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 64.
Seligman was a member of The Soft Boys, a band led by influential U.K. alternative rocker Robyn Hitchcock, and also played with Thomas Dolby, The Thompson Twins, David Bowie and many other artists during his long career.
His passing was announced by Dolby, who relayed the message from one of his closest friends, Kevin Armstrong.
“Friday: Matthew Seligman has suffered a catastrophic haemorrhagic stroke from which he won’t recover. It is expected that he will not survive longer than 12/24 hours,” Armstrong announced on Dolby’s Facebook account. “His ventilator will be gradually withdrawn until the inevitable end. I am so sad to have to bear this terrible news. I have loved him as a friend and a fellow musician for 40 years.”
Hitchcock also paid tribute to his friend on Friday, writing, “None of us were expecting Matthew to leave us so abruptly, forever. It is strange and very sad to be talking of him in the past tense.”
He added, “I’m profoundly grateful to have played music with him. Matthew is, was, and always will be one of the greats.”
Seligman contributed to a number of the famous new wave hits, playing bass on Dolby’s “She Blinded Me with Science” and Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club‘s original version of The Buggles‘ classic “Video Killed the Radio Star.”
In 1985, Seligman accompanied Bowie during his historic Live Aid concert and later helped him create the soundtrack for the movie Labyrinth.
Later in his career, Seligman collaborated with acts such as Tori Amos, Sinead O’Connor and Morrissey.
He leaves behind a wife and two children.
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