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Screaming Trees Frontman Mark Lanegan Dies At 57

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The former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegen has passed away at the age of 57. 

Mark Lanegan performs in Newcastle, UK in 2017. Image: Thomas Jackson

Mark Lanegan performs in Newcastle, UK in 2017. Image: Thomas Jackson

The grunge pioneer, and regular Queens of the Stone Age collaborator, died at his home in Ireland. No cause of death has been given. 

Mark Lanegan performs in Newcastle, UK in 2017. Image: Thomas Jackson

Mark Lanegan performs in Newcastle, UK in 2017. Image: Thomas Jackson

Lanegan made seven albums with Screaming Trees between 1986 and 1996, and was also a prolific solo artist both during and after his time with the band. Known for his deep, melancholic vocal style and a punk ethos, his touch can be felt throughout the grunge movement. Kurt Cobain, Moby and Manic Street Preachers have all gone on record, noting his influence. 

Mark Lanegan performs in Newcastle, UK in 2017. Image: Thomas Jackson

Mark Lanegan performs in Newcastle, UK in 2017. Image: Thomas Jackson

In 2020 he was hospitalised, and placed in a medically induced coma, due to Covid. Speaking to (British newspaper) The Guardian afterwards, he said "I'd taken my share of well-deserved ass-kickings over the years but this thing was trying to dismantle me, body and mind, and I could see no end to it in sight.”

A statement read: “Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney, Ireland. A beloved singer, songwriter, author, and musician he was 57 and is survived by his wife Shelley.“