Dave Greenfield, a keyboardist for The Stranglers, a British rock band, has died of heart complications after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 71.

According to the BBC, Greenfield breathed his last on Sunday evening shortly after he had contracted the disease following a prolonged stay in the hospital for his heart condition.

The late singer’s colleagues — including Jean-Jacques Burnel, Jet Black, and Baz Warne — also took to the band’s website to confirm the sad news in their tributes.

“On Sunday evening, my 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,” Burnel wrote.

Black, who is the band’s drummer, said: “We have just lost a dear friend and 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.”

Warne, The Stranglers’ vocalist, added: “We lost a true innovator, a musical legend. The word genius is bandied around far too easily in this day and age, but Dave Greenfield was one.”

The Stranglers, formed in 1974, had seen Greenfield play hit tracks including ‘Peaches’, ‘No More Heroes’, and ‘Golden Brown’.

Speaking on Greenfield’s death, the band’s manager, Sil Willcox, said: “We are all in shock. Dave was a kind, generous soul who had time for anyone and everyone.

“It has been my privilege to have known him as both a close friend and his manager for over 40 years. Our thoughts are with his wife, Pam, at this sad time.”

The late keyboardist was known for his distinctive sound and playing style, using instruments such as the harpsichord and Hammond electric organ.

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