Dance Music Pioneer Mark Bell Of LFO Has Died
Warp Records confirms sad news about veteran producer...
Mark Bell of seminal British dance music act LFO has died at the age of 43.
Complications following surgery have been mentioned as the cause of death - and Warp Records announced the tragic news on its Twitter feed.
It's with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Bell of LFO. http://t.co/it0OB2EE0z
— Warp Records (@WarpRecords) October 13, 2014
A staff member at the label wrote: "It's with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Bell of LFO who died last week from complications after an operation.
"Mark's family & friends request privacy at this difficult time."
LFO were among the vanguard of a wave of British dance music producers in the early 1990s, seeing their eponymous single hit No 12 in the Official UK Singles Chart in 1990.
After he and co-producer Gez Varley went their separate ways in 1997, Bell successfully moved into pop production - working with Bjork and Depeche Mode among others.
And Bjork has paid tribute to her friend and collaborator, posting an LFO track called Love Is The Message on her Twitter feed.
Radio 1's own house music legend Pete Tong tweeted: "Sad news of the passing of an electronic music pioneer Mark Bell of LFO R.I.P"
While Sister Bliss of Faithless wrote: "Very sad & shocked to hear a total legend and one of my heroes has passed away. RIP Mark Bell #LFO"
And fellow Warp act The Black Dog wrote: "Goodbye Mark Bell, you made a difference."
Sad news of the passing of an electronic music pioneer Mark Bell of LFO R.I.P
— Pete Tong mbe (@petetong) October 14, 2014
Very sad & shocked to hear a total legend and one of my heroes has passed away. RIP Mark Bell #LFO
— sister bliss (@thesisterbliss) October 13, 2014
Goodbye Mark Bell, you made a difference.
— TheBlackDog (@TheBlackDog) October 13, 2014