Bad Company's Brian Howe dies aged 66

Former Bad Company singer Brian Howe has die at the age of 66, according to reports.

According to TMZ a relative has said Howe passed away Wednesday (06.05.2020) in Florida.

The publication has reported the singer died from cardiac arrest ‘possibly on his way to the hospital’.

Howe had previously had a heart attack in 2017.

The singer is best known for replacing Paul Rodgers as the lead vocalist of hard rock supergroup Bad Company in 1986.

He performed with the band until 1994.

Prior to that, British singer Howe had worked with Ted Nugent in 1983 to handle lead vocals for his album, Penetrator, and then front the subsequent world tour.

The singer is said to be the songwriter for several of Bad Company’s albums including Holy Water, which spawned hits If You Needed Somebody, the title track Holy Water and Walk Through Fire.

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Howe was born in Portsmouth, England in 1953 and found his voice singing with a local band called Shy who had one minor hit single in the UK.

After working with Nugent he was recruited by Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke to front Bad Co.

He appeared on 1988’s Dangerous Age, which spawned several MTV videos and hits No Smoke Without A Fire, which reached number four on the charts, One Night and Shake It Up.

The band’s next album, Holy Water, was written mostly by Howe and Terry Thomas and released in June 1990.

It attained Top 40 and Platinum status by selling more than one million copies.

it spun the singles If You Needed Somebody and Walk Through Fire.

Title track Holy Water was a number one hit with the album receiving significant radio airplay.

Speaking about leaving the band in the mid-90s, Howe said it wasn’t a difficult decision.

He told Melodicrock.com: ‘It had got to the point where nobody was contributing anything to songwriting and quite frankly, the band was getting very very sloppy live.

‘I quite simply, along with Terry Thomas, got tired of doing all the work and then getting nothing but resentment for it from Mick and Simon.’

Representatives of the band are yet to release a statement.

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