The Stranglers Keyboardist Dave Greenfield Dies at 71 After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

The musician was initially hospitalized for heart problems

May 4, 2020

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Dave Greenfield, the longtime keyboardist and vocalist for the UK punk rock/new wave band The Stranglers has died at the age of 71.

The musician had been hospitalized due to heart problems, but had tested positive for COVID-19. A day following his coronavirus diagnosis, Greenfield passed away.

Greenfield had spent 45 years as a member of The Stranglers helping contribute to some of the band’s best known songs including “Golden Brown.”

“We are deeply and profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of keyboard legend Dave Greenfield on the evening of 3rd May 2020,” the band wrote in a statement on their website.

“Following a stay in hospital for heart problems, Dave tested positive for the COVID-19 virus last Sunday but he sadly lost his battle last night. Dave had been an ever present in the band since joining in late 1975 and his keyboard wizardry was world-renowned over his 45 year career in The Stranglers. Dave was a lovable, friendly and eccentric character who always had time to chat.”

Greenfield’s bandmates paid tribute to the late keyboardist as well.

“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,” drummer Jet Black wrote.

Bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel added, “On the evening of Sunday May 3rd my great friend and longstanding 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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