Dave Greenfield dead: How did Dave Greenfield die? Cause of death

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Dave Greenfield died on Sunday, May 3, his bandmate Jean-Jackques has confirmed. Greenfield, who was a long-standing member of the band The Stranglers, was known for his distinctive sound and playing style which included the use of instruments such as the harpsichord and Hammond electric organ. The musician penned one of the band’s greatest hits, Golden Brown, which reached the number 2 spot on the UK singles chart in 1982.

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How did Dave Greenfield die?

Dave died at the age of 71 after contracting coronavirus

Bandmate Jean-Jacques said: “On the evening of Sunday, May 3, my great friend and long-standing colleague of 45 years, the musical genius that was Dave Greenfield, passed away as one of the victims of the Great Pandemic of 2020.

“All of us in the worldwide Stranglers’ family grieve and send our sincerest condolences to Pam.”

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Dave Greenfield dead: How did Dave Greenfield die? (Image: GETTY)

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Dave Greenfield dead: Dave died at the age of 71 after contracting coronavirus. (Image: GETTY)

The Stranglers drummer added: “We have just lost a dear friend and music genius, and so has the whole world.

“Dave was a complete natural in music. Together, we toured the globe endlessly and it was clear he was adored by millions.

“A huge talent, a great loss, he is dearly missed.”

Baz Warne, the current vocalist and guitarist of the band, said: “We lost a true innovator, musical legend, and one of my dearest friends today.

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Dave Greenfield dead: Dave died at the age of 71 after contracting coronavirus. (Image: GETTY)

“The word genius is bandied around far too easily in this day and age, but Dave Greenfield certainly was one.

“We stood together on the same side of the stage for 20 years, laughed, joked and shared our lives in the way that only band mates can. I’ll miss him forever.

“Our thoughts and hearts are with his wife Pam, and to the millions of fans who worshipped at his altar, he’ll never be equalled.”

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Fans of the musician have also taken to Twitter to pay tribute. 

One user wrote: “Very sad news. RIP Dave Greenfield. Thoughts are with his loved ones, and Stranglers family one and all.”

Another said: “I’m really sad to hear of the passing of pioneering keyboards legend Dave Greenfield of the brilliant Stranglers. Who can forget “Peaches” and “Duches?” RIP Dave.”

Another added: “Wow. R.I.P Dave Greenfield. Another victim of CV19. Keyboard/Writer on one of fav albums ever (and Golden Brown).

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Dave Greenfield dead: Dave was the keyboard player for The Stranglers. (Image: GETTY)

Who is Dave Greenfield?

Dave Greenfield was born in 1949 in the seaside town of Brighton. 

Before joining The Stranglers, Greenfield played in a local rock band called ‘Rusty Butler’.

The Stranglers was formed in 1974 in Guildford, Surrey, but Greenfield only joined a year later..

His keyboard ability and sound is said to have been a huge part of the band’s sound and success.

Music critics have likened Greenfield’s sound to that of Ray Manzarek from the Doors, who also uses “rapid arpeggios” within his music.

The band recently announced they would be postponing their farewell tour from this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

W-Fest in Belgium has been rescheduled to 2021 and Saltwater in Ireland has been cancelled entirely.

Despite best efforts to reschedule the dates later this year the band’s Dublin and Belfast gigs have also been cancelled.


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