Mark Hollis, lead singer of 1980s band Talk Talk, has died at the age of 64, his former manager has confirmed.
"Sadly it's true," Keith Aspden said. "Mark has died after a short illness from which he never recovered."
Talk Talk achieved mainstream success with such hits as It's My Life and Such a Shame, but became increasingly insular and experimental over time.
After releasing a solo album in 1998, Hollis left music behind and removed himself from public view.
When asked about the decision, he said: "I choose for my family. Maybe others are capable of doing it, but I can't go on tour and be a good dad at the same time."
His final release was a solo album, also called Mark Hollis, in 1998.
Keith Aspden told the BBC he was "still trying to accept" that his former colleague had died.
"I can't tell you how much Mark influenced and changed my perceptions on art and music." he said.
"I'm grateful for the time I spent with him and for the gentle beauty he shared with us."
Talk Talk's bassist Paul Webb, aka Rustin Man, said he was "shocked and saddened" at the news.
"Musically he was a genius and it was a honour and a privilege to have been in a band with him," he wrote.
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I am very shocked and saddened to hear the news of the passing of Mark Hollis. Musically he was a genius and it was a honour and a privilege to have been in a band with him. I have not seen Mark for many years, but like many musicians of our generation I have been profoundly influenced by his trailblazing musical ideas. He knew how to create depth of feeling with sound and space like no other. He was one of the greats, if not the greatest. . . . . #markhollis #talktalk
Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran called Hollis "one of music's great innovators".
"Talk Talk, which he co-founded and fronted, were on tour with us in 1982," he wrote on Twitter. "It made for a tremendous and very entertaining bill.
"Mark was the main songwriter of some truly great songs, including It's My Life and Such a Shame."
Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp said: "His influence upon music was immense and far reaching. A great presence in the modern era who took his bow far too early but has left us so much still to be moved by."
Been relistening to Mark Hollis’s dream-soaked Spirit of Eden today. His influence upon music was immense and far reaching. A great presence in the modern era who took his bow far too early but has left us so much still to be moved by. #MarkHollisRIP #TalkTalk— Gary Kemp (@garyjkemp) February 26, 2019
Singer Mari Wilson said Talk Talk's third album, The Colour of Spring, "should be held up there with all the greats".
And Adele's producer Paul Epworth said hearing the band's fourth album Spirit of Eden - a solemn, ambient record that was hailed a "masterpiece" despite its lack of commercial appeal - had directly inspired his career.
Trying to find the words to express my sadness about the passing of #MarkHollis #TalkTalk— Paul Epworth (@paulepworth) February 25, 2019
Hearing Spirit Of Eden blew my 18 year old mind to such a degree I set out to try and learn how on earth they had created this transcendent masterpiece. That search turned into a career.