Mark Keds dead: Senseless Things frontman dies at 50 as band pays tribute


Senseless Things frontman Mark Keds has died at the age of 50.
He was best known as the frontman of the ’90s pop punk group and for co-writing the 2004 Libertines hit, Can’t Stand Me Now.

An announcement was made by Mark’s band member Ben Harding, who took to Facebook to pay tribute to the star.

Ben shared, “Dear friends, it is with the heaviest of hearts that we have to tell you that unfortunately Mark – our singer, friend and lead songwriter – is no longer with us. We understand that he passed away at his home during the early hours of this morning. At this time, the cause of death is not confirmed. ”

Mark Keds, pictured for Deadcuts in 2016, has died aged 50

He continued, “It is no secret that he had struggled with drug addiction every now and then and a pretty chaotic lifestyle for a long time, and his health suffered greatly over the years because of it. of that. How Senseless Things and its other projects work, we choose to remember the friend, brother, and talent we lost today. ”

Ben praised Mark’s true passion for his “musical calling,” while praising his writing, his incredible ear for melody and “the production of pop punk hit after hit at its peak.

“He was loved across the country, from Inverness to Plymouth, Ipswich to Aberystwyth, and across the world, from Tokyo to California. It’s his passion and desire to live that will stay with us, and we’re truly grateful (we know Mark was too) that we all had to do it right one last time at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in 2017.

Crazy Things LR Cass Browne, Morgan Nicholls, Mark Keds and Ben Harding

“We love you, Mark. It seems cliché to say “gone too soon”, but damn it, it’s true. He was only 50 years old. This is not a fucked up age to die. Our love and thoughts are with his friends, family, loved ones and those who loved him.

“We will be in touch with any additional information / details as we receive them.

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“I love Ben, Cass and Morgan x. ”

Senseless Things was formed in London in 1986 and within two years caught the attention of DJ John Peel who invited them to his BBC Radio 1 show.

Mark performs with Senseless Things at 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in 2017

The band – made up of Mark, Ben, Morgan Nicholls and Cass Browne – went on to release four albums and perform two UK Top 20 singles before breaking up in 1995.

The band reformed in 2017 and continued to release new tracks and tour.

Mark had performed with his new band Deadcuts before the coronavirus pandemic hit.


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