Ben Harding of pop punk band Senseless Things has paid tribute to his bandmate Mark Keds, who he told fans died on Monday morning at the age of 50
By Lucy Needham
Senseless Things singer Mark Keds has died at the age of 50.
He was best known as the frontman of the 90s pop punk band and for co-writing The Libertines' 2004 hit Can't Stand Me Now.
An announcement was made by Mark's bandmate 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, sadly, Mark - our singer, friend and main songwriter - is no longer with us. We understand that he passed away at his home during the early hours of this morning. As yet, the cause of death is unconfirmed."
He continued: "It’s no secret that he had struggled on and off with drug abuse and a pretty chaotic lifestyle for a
long while, and his health suffered substantially over the years due to this. While this had sometimes created friction within the on-off workings of Senseless Things and his other projects, we choose to remember the friend, the brother and the talent we’ve lost today."
Ben praised Mark's true passion for his 'musical calling' as he praised his songwriting, amazing ear for melody and 'churning out pop punk hit after hit at his peak.'
"He was beloved across the country, from Inverness to Plymouth, from Ipswich to Aberystwyth, and across the world, from Tokyo to California. It’s his passion and lust for life that will stick with us, and we’re truly thankful (we know Mark was, too) that we all got to do it properly one last time at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in 2017.
"We love you, Mark. It seems cliched to say ‘gone too soon’, but damn, it’s true. He was only 50. It’s no f***ing age to die. Our love and thoughts go out to his friends, his family, his loved ones and the ones who loved him.
"We’ll be in touch with any further information/details as and when we receive it.
"Mark Keds / Myers / Hammerton - Rest In Peace. Burn Bright, Ponyboy.
"Love Ben, Cass and Morgan x."
Senseless Things formed in London in 1986 and within two years attracted the attention of DJ John Peel who invited them on to his BBC Radio 1 show.
The group - made up of Mark, Ben, Morgan Nicholls and Cass Browne - then went on to release four albums and achieve two UK Top 20 singles before they split in 1995.
The band reformed in 2017 and went on to release new material and tour.
Mark had been playing with his new band Deadcuts before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Mark Keds, da banda punk inglesa Senseless Things, morre aos 50 anos