Mark Lanegan RIP

Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) has died

Washington-born singer, songwriter, author and musician Mark Lanegan – known for his work with Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Gutter Twins – has sadly died at the age of 57. Cause of death has not been revealed.

A message on Mark Lanegan’s official social pages released today (February 22nd) reads:
Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney, Ireland. A beloved singer, songwriter, author and musician he was 57 and is survived by his wife Shelley.
No other information is available at this time. The family asks everyone to respect their privacy at this time

Mark also released 12 solo studio albums since 1990 (with his last being 2020’s ‘Straight Songs of Sorrow’), along with three collaboration albums with singer-songwriter, cellist and composer Isobel Campbell of Belle & Sebastian and two with English multi-instrumentalist Duke Garwood. During his time in Screaming Trees, Lanegan contributed to seven studio albums and five EPs before the band split up in 2000.

Performing with QOTSA, Lanegan was featured on their albums ‘Rated R,’ Songs for the Deaf,’ ‘Lullabies to Paralyze,’ ‘Era Vulgaris,’ and ‘…Like Clockwork.’ Throughout his career, Lanegan also collaborated with grunge greats like Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.

The Gutter Twins is a musical collaboration between Lanegan and Ohio musician Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers. The rock duo released one studio album in 2008 titled ‘Saturnalia,’ featuring the singles “Idle Hands” and “God’s Children,” and one digital EP, also in 2008, dubbed ‘Adorata.’

Last year, Lanegan contracted COVID-19, which left him in a three-week coma and temporarily deaf. Lanegan’s terrible battle with the contagious disease is detailed in his recently released book, ‘Devil in a Coma.’

RIP, Mark. See a slew of tributes below.

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