Mark E Smith, Singer of The Fall, Dies at 60

British musician and songwriter led the post-punk band for four decades

Mark E. Smith, the lead singer of the band The Fall, has died, Cherry Red Records announced Wednesday. He was 60 years old.

“It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mark E. Smith,” said the band’s manager in a statement.

“He passed this morning at home. A more detailed statement will follow in the next few days. In the meantime, Pam & Mark’s family request privacy at this sad time.”

The band hailing from Manchester, England, maintained a loyal cult following throughout the years. Smith was known for his distinctive Mancunian accent and his witty lyrics.

In addition to the Fall’s dozens of albums, Smith released two solo albums: 1998’s “The Post Nearly Man” and 2002’s “Pander! Panda! Panzer!”

He also wrote a musical theater work produced in London between 1985 and ’86 called “Hey! Luciani,” and penned an autobiography in 2010 titled “Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith.”