The Stranglers drummer Jet Black dies aged 84 after ‘years of ill health’

The Stranglers drummer Jet Black dies aged 84 after ‘years of ill health’
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The Stranglers’ drummer Jet Black has died aged 84 following years of ill health.

The musician’s representative told The Guardian he had been living out his final days in his home in North Wales as his health continued to deteriorate.

A statement shared by the rep confirmed Black – real name Brian John Duffy – passed away “peacefully” on December 6. The Stranglers’ official Twitter account also released a statement on the death of their beloved bandmate.

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“It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dear friend, colleague and band elder statesman Jet Black,” they tweeted. “Jet died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Fond adieu, fly straight JB.x.”

Bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel also shared his own tribute: “The welcoming committee has doubled,” he wrote on social media, referring to the death of their keyboard player Dave Greenfield, who died two years ago after contracting COVID-19. He was 71.

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“After years of ill health Jet has finally been released,” Burnel continued. “He was a force of nature. An inspiration. The Stranglers would not have been if it wasn’t for him. The most erudite of men. A rebel with many causes.”

Jet Black of The Stranglers performs on stage at Portsmouth Guildhall on March 18, 2014 in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
Jet Black of The Stranglers performs on stage at Portsmouth Guildhall in the UK in 2014. (Redferns via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, guitarist Baz Warne, wrote: “I loved Jet. He took me under his wing over two decades ago and I never really came out from under it. I’m so very sad he’s gone.”

“He hadn’t been too well for a while, but when I spoke to him most recently, three weeks ago, he was laughing and wanting to hear all the news, still interested and involved,” Warne added.

“It’s been my privilege to have known and worked with him, and to have called him a friend, and I’ll miss him until the end of my days. Rest in peace big man.”

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The Stranglers posed in London in May 1988. L-R Jet Black, Hugh Cornwell, Jean-Jacques Burnel and Dave Greenfield.
The Stranglers in 1988 (from left to right): Jet Black, Hugh Cornwell, Jean-Jacques Burnel and Dave Greenfield. (Redferns)

Black – who retired from performing in 2015 – was a founding member of The Stranglers, who were formed in 1974.

His efforts helped the band achieve their unique punk sound – they scored 23 Top 40 singles and 19 Top 40 albums on the official UK charts.

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