The Bassist for the Band Pulp, Steve Mackey, Passed Away at Age of 56!
Steve Mackey, who played bass in the rock band Pulp, died at the age of 56. The musician had been in the hospital for three months and died on March 2, 2023, of an illness that was not known. Katie, his wife, confirmed the sad news.
Mackey joined Pulp in 1989, and the group went on to make five studio albums and become well-known all over the world. Common People, Lipgloss, and Disco 2000 were some of his most well-known songs. Find out more about his life and work by reading on.
What Was the Cause of Steve Mackey's Death?
Katie Grand, Steve's wife and stylist shared the news of his death on Instagram on Thursday. She wrote, “After Steve Mackey spent three months in the hospital fighting with all his strength and determination, we are shocked and heartbroken to have lost him.”
“Steve died today. I, his son Marley, his parents Kath and Paul, his sister Michelle, and many of his friends are all very sad about this. Steve was the most talented person I've ever met. He was a great musician, producer, photographer, and director.
“Just like in real life, everyone who crossed his path in the many creative fields he mastered loved him. I want to thank from the bottom of my heart everyone at the NHS who worked so hard for Steve. He will be missed more than words can say,” she said.
How Did Steve Macke Rise to Fame?
Mackey was in Pulp when they were at their most popular in the 1990s. Separations, his first album with the band, was a big hit and got them a record deal with Island Records. Their second album, His'n'Hers, was in the UK Top 10 in 1994. Their third album, Different Class, went to number 1 on the charts.
We Love Life, his last album with the band, came out in 2001. After that, the band took a break, but they got back together for a world tour in 2011 and 2012. Steve has also worked with Florence + the Machine, the Horrors, Cocker, and Thomas Bangalter, among others.
In October of last year, Pulp announced that they would be getting back together for concerts in 2023. However, the bassist chose not to be a part of the shows. “I'm very proud of the work we've done together,” he said at the time. “But I've decided to keep working on the music, film, and photography projects I'm already working on.”
The Rock Band Pulp Paid Their Tributes
The rock band posted a picture of Steve from when they were on tour in 2012 and wrote, “We had a day off, and Steve suggested we go climbing.” “So we did, and it was a totally magical experience. Far more magical than just staring at the hotel wall all day, which is what we probably would have done if we hadn't gone.
“Steve made things happen, in his life and with the band. We'd love to think that he's back in those mountains now, on the next step of his adventure,” the group wrote. Massive Attack, a British band, also tweeted a tribute to Steve: “And tell me when the spaceship lands, 'cause all this has just got to mean something.” Steve Mackey.
The family and friends of Steve Mackey have our condolences. May his soul rest in peace!