Cardiacs frontman, Tim Smith, died at the age of 59: fans mourn the singer of a British cult rock band that inspired Blur and Radiohead
- Smith suffered a heart attack in 2008 that impaired his ability to speak
- The band that influenced Blur and Radiohead has taken a break since then
- Tim founded the band with his brother Jim around 1980 after several name changes and released eight studio albums between 1980 and 2007
Tim Smith, frontman of the influential British rock band Cardiacs, died at the age of 59.
Smith developed a rare neurological disorder called dystonia after a heart attack in 2008.
The condition led to impaired dexterity and ability to speak as well as painful muscle cramps.
No further information is available on Smith's death.
Tim was born in Surrey in 1961 and began his musical career in 1975 as a guitarist for an unknown instrumental band.
Cardiacs frontman, Tim Smith, died at the age of 59. Smith recorded eight studio albums with the band from 1980 to 2007 and is cited with influential bands such as Blur and Radiohead
Tim Smith had limited mobility and language after a heart attack in 2008
He finally started the band Cardiac Arrest with his brother Jim in 1980 and released an album – The Obvious Identity – before they changed the name to Cardiac shortly thereafter.
The band has gone through a series of line-up changes in the first three decades, with Tim and Jim remaining the only constant members.
Her work has been cited as a major influence by acts such as Blur, Radiohead, Napalm Death and Faith No More.
Cardiacs had taken an indefinite break since Smith's hospitalization in 2008.