The rock world in mourning. This Thursday, March 2, the group Pulp announced that its bassist Steve Mackey died at the age of 56. “Our friend and beloved bassist Steve Mackey passed away this morning,” the band posted on Instagram, captioning a photo of the musician walking in the heart of the Andes Mountains.
“It was a completely magical experience. Much more magical than staring at the wall in the hotel room all day. […] Steve made things happen. In his life and in the band. And we would like many think he’s back in those mountains now, for the next leg of his adventure. Bon voyage, Steve. We hope to see you again one day,” the band added.
Steve Mackey’s wife ‘devastated’ by his death
For her part, Steve Mackey’s wife, Katie Grand, took to her late husband’s Instagram account to post a heartbreaking message in which she gives some details about his death. “After three months in the hospital, struggling with all his strength and determination, we are shocked and devastated to have said goodbye to my brilliant and beautiful husband, Steve Mackey,” the stylist wrote in the caption of a gorgeous black and white photo of her husband.
Rock band Pulp formed in Sheffield, northern England, in 1978. Steve Mackey joined in 1989 and went on to great success. The bassist notably participated in the albums Separations, Different Class and His ‘n’ Hers, which marked the peak of the group, with hits like Common People. After his career in the group, which released its last album in 2013, he became a producer and collaborated with artists such as M.I.A., Florence + the Machine and Arcade Fire. Recently, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker announced that the band would be reuniting for a new festival tour starting next summer. But Steve Mackey had meanwhile indicated that he did not intend to participate, explaining that he wanted to “continue projects in music, cinema and photography”.
Steve Mackey © Instagram